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Barbara Baker relates several touching stories about some of the orphans whose fate has luckily brought to Villa Infantil.



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Harriet Hart writes about a man who once seriously pursued the presidency of the United States and was also one of the world’s most serious collectors of Mexican folk art.



Tom Nussbaum delivers a comedic take on people who never use one word when a hundred will suit them (if nobody else!) much better.



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Judy Dykstra-Brown writes about a near-encounter with one of the most famous movie celebrities of the 20th century.


Kay Davis reprises the old saying “For want of a nail, the kingdom was lost� to read in this case “For want of a key, the marriage was almost lost.�

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Definitions and Delusions - Am I a Closet Liberal?


n our politically charged climate, it is tempting to annoint one’s point of view with a glorious definition of what the associated side represents. It makes choosing a side comfortable, easy and very self satisfying.   If being a liberal on the national scene means being “generous, tolerant, broad-minded and favoring reform and progress” then count me in!  I’m a liberal!!  Down with conservatives! Wait - It seems each side has made some positive contributions. The right voted 80% in congress to  give  minorities and women the right to vote, whereas the percentage of the left congressmen voting to do so was in the lower 60th percentile. It seems the vote was largely regional and was greatly enhanced by the effort of Hubert Humphrey, who had originally split the party in 1948 with his quest for equal rights for all.  Getting enough votes to pass this legislation involved both parties and while signed by a Democratic president, it was achieved by votes from both parties, the greater percentage of which were Republicans, with the “southern segregationists” senators resisting. The real sin of liberalism right now is not in their caring for the less fortunate, but in pandering to those among the less fortunate who game the system rather than doing what they can to find gainful employment and personal integrity.   The lowering of requirements for the freebies is more a ploy for getting a vote, allowing a congressman to stay in power, than a concern for the self actualization of the individuals involved. Those in power are gaming the system in their own way.  The laundering of the “Clinton Foundation” funds in Canada to avoid U.S. taxes, is one example.  True, when pressured by congress, they filed at least 5 form 1040X’s and paid undisclosed amounts of taxes rather than being put in jail, but that in terms of integrity is unimpressive.  Are conservatives any better? NO, unfortunately. Instead of actually representing the people and the ideologies they espouse, our politicians seem only concerned with getting re-elected resulting in a society in which over half


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the country is “on the take” and feeling entitled to be so. The real issue isn’t liberalism or conservatism, it’s immorality, greed, and duplicity festering and destroying the very fiber of our great country.  No nation has ever taxed itself into prosperity, but we’re trying to do just that. Speaking of Jesus, as the previous editorial did, He wanted people to help the poor and the helpless.  Even in His time, He did not suggest giving money to Rome so they could do that for Him.  Maybe there’s a lesson there?  He also suggested teaching a man to fish, rather than giving him a fish, so that the recipient could become self-reliant. Does today’s modern liberal  believe that the collective is more important than the individual?  If so the state controls the collective and the elite controls the state.  What of individualism, independence, self-reliance, autonomy or personal liberty?   Shades of Moussolini.  It is, at least to me, disturbing. Laws are written to protect thieves from their victims.  Greed is now defined as “daring to want to keep what you have earned.”   Wanting to take from me that which I have earned so that you may “benevolently” use it to buy someone else’s vote is somehow noble and honorable. Stop!  I want to rejoice in the song of the birds in the morning; in the pleasure of friendships, and in the joy of personally helping others.  Please no more political definitions which matter not and whose ulterior motives are to divide rather than to unite.   Let’s focus, instead on the real problems threatening our country and reach across the aisle to work  together to solve them.  I’m through “tilting at windmills” of definitions while ignoring the real beast at the door. Christy Wiseman

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he arrival of Neill James in Ajijic in 1943, after suffering two near-fatal accidents, one while descending from the summit of Popocatepetl and the other on the “newlybornâ€? VolcĂĄn de Paricutin (2800 m), in MichoacĂĄn, is well-known. In Kokio, Stephen Preston Banks, however, asks from where did this dynamic woman and world traveller hail? What did she do between graduating College in 1918 and her world travels, related in her five books, published between 1937 and 1946? And why did this world traveller suddenly decide to stay put for the remaining 50 years of her life in a remote Mexican fishing village? Why? In this biographical novel, the main


narrator, Damon Byrd James– a distant relative of Miss James – spins a yarn of possible answers to these questions.

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Besides Damon Byrd James, Banks also creates narrators for the other chapters of the novel, be they travel companions, lovers or bosses. Damon Byrd James traces Neill James’ roots back to Grenada County in north-central Mississippi and remembers his mother telling him that he “had an ancestor who was a famous author.â€? The James clan called her Nell or Nellie, “who was orphaned as a young girl, never married or even cared much for men‌ faded into obscurity and died in Mexico.â€? At age twenty-three, after graduating college as a stenographer, Nell “Neillâ€? James landed positions with the U.S. Department of War, the Department of State and the Bureau of Investigation (BOI/DOJ) in Washington, D.C., and later in Washington State. The author supports his claim with “classified documentsâ€? and memoranda in the central chapter of the book, suggesting that she served as a US operative to gather “negative intelligence.â€? Banks’ novel is “based on the life of Neill Jamesâ€?; it is a biographical novel. As he says: “My coverage of events that happened on the world stage during Neill’s life is not intended to be history.â€? This genre gives an account of the life of actual people, contemporary or historical, and their experiences, but also allows for filling the gaps in a person’s life with plausible possibilities. A classic example is W. Somerset Maugham’s novel about Paul Gauguin, The Moon and Sixpence (1919). The author of Kokio suggests that Neill James’ travels around the world served to cover a second, secret career, namely that of intelligence gathering for the US government, with “Kokio,â€? a species of hibiscus native to Hawaii, as her cover name. Miss James herself at times dissembled her own identity with wedding announcements for a marriage of which no record has ever been found; by using different versions of her name and different birthdates in her passports; by claiming to have been visited at her Ajijic home by famous people, who had died years before. It is up to the reader of Kokio to determine the plausibility of the suggested events and behavior in which Miss James, at times, emerges as rather cold and calculating. When Kittie Holcombe, a friend and the woman who got Neill the government jobs, tried to stay in touch with Neill after she moved to New York, “Neill never answered [her] letters or returned [her] calls‌â€? In Hawaii Neill entered into a romantic relationship with Geraldine Sartain, journalist and narrator of the chapter. Geraldine describes Neill as “an ardent lover, over-heated and al-

ways available, but‌ not warm in her heart.â€? When Neill received an offer of “an important positionâ€? in Tokyo, Geraldine describes her demeanor as “almost emotionless. She‌ just looked at me, as if she were reporting the weather.â€? After Neill’s Tokyo assignment, they met again in Berlin, via China and India, Neill travelling on a fake passport, with a “wrongâ€? birth date and as a “swallow,â€? a slang word for agents who use seduction to extract information.â€? Thus, says Geraldine, “Neill roared back into my life with the force of a hurricaneâ€?. The author cautions us with the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, that “We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.â€? So, if the reader can get past the benevolent image we have of Neill James as benefactor and Lady Bountiful, Kokio may make an “intriguingâ€? read. Stephen Preston Banks spent ten years researching the life of Neill James and travelled twice to Ajijic, where he heard stories, both favorable and “unsavoryâ€? from those who knew Miss James, “none clearly reliable.â€? Banks also concludes that the last years of Miss James were not spent in comfort and security. In spite of considerable capital holdings, renting and selling houses, she suffered financial losses in the devaluation of the peso in the mid1980s. And besides, her mental health seemed to be failing, as witnessed by a “word saladâ€? letter to her sister Jane. Neill’s sister Jane eventually negotiated an arrangement with the “Jalisco International Societyâ€? (LCS), which turned the Ajijic property over to the society in exchange of a “lifetime inhome tenancyâ€? for Neill, and Jane consolidated Neill’s remaining money in a trust fund for her sister’s care and maintenance until her death. On the morning of October 8, 1994, her housemaid found that Neill had passed away, “smiling as if she were at last having a pleasant dream.â€? And on October 17, the Society held a memorial service in which her ashes were buried beneath the tree in the back patio. “Nobody from the family attended.â€? Neill James, is known to the expatriate community of Ajijic for the splendid garden by the shores of Lake Chapala, in which we meet, rest and partake in a wide variety of cultural, social, and educational activities. Miss James was and still is loved by the locals of the village because she gave them a public library, started classes in art for children, thereby launching the careers of professional artists, imported looms and silkworms to set up a cottage industry of silk weaving, and revived the traditional craft of embroidery.

During this period of her life, Miss James reveals a side of herself that is less than angelic. She presses aggressively ahead in her career, even at the expense of a couple of her best and intimate girl friends, and with a rare letter to her sister Jane assures her part of her father’s inheritance. In the early 1990s, Neill received various honours for her contribution to the community, such as International Patroness of Ajijic, Godmother of Mexican Artists and the Lifetime Achievement Award by the magazine El Ojo del Lago. To us expatriates here in Ajijic, Miss James was a passionate and accomplished woman who left us the beauty of a splendid garden to savor with all senses everyday, and to the people of the village a generous woman who left them the legacy of a host of accomplished artists, whose works we admire every day in their murals and colorful galleries around town. We experience Neill James as a real person who is with us everyday. P.S. The author calls El Ojo del Lago “Las Orejas (Ears) del Lago.” Dr. Banks, researching her for ten years… continuously came up with information showing that Neill James “had lied about or exaggerated or hidden her own story.” Here’s how he writes

about that in an Author’s Note following the novel’s end: Yet Neill James was a bold, passionate and accomplished woman, and she lived an exceptionally long and adventure-filled life. Most of the broader events depicted in this book I believe are true, though I have embellished them with details, fictional characters, and subplots to tell a story. I followed Neill’s exact itinerary, from birth to her final rest. Karl Homann

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In addition to the myriad conventions, systems and treatments that are used by competitive bridge players the world over there are a number of gambits which, though occurring relatively seldom, can bring big rewards if recognized and implemented at the table. One such ploy is The Morton’s Fork Coup, a play that presents a defender with two losing options. It’s named after the Archbishop of Canterbury John Morton (1420 - 1500). The late


expert and New York Times Bridge Columnist Alan Truscott is credited with inventing the bridge term in the 1960s. As the tax collector for King Henry VII, the Archbishop’s rule on taxes went something like this: If the King’s subjects were living lavishly, then they must be able to afford higher taxes. If they were living modestly, then they must have the savings to afford higher taxes. Either way ... higher taxes.

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During the North American Bridge Championships last Fall the illustrated hand occurred during a high level knock-out tournament. As shown on Bridge Base Online, West opened a wafer-thin weak 2 hearts in second seat and North jumped directly to 3 no trump, a bid that showed a long running minor with a stopper in the opponents’ suit and eight plus tricks. When the bidding came back to South he decided to explore slam possibilities. 4 clubs asked for more information and 4 diamonds showed a stopper in that suit. 4 no trump invited slam and North accepted in his long and almost solid suit, clubs. As luck would have it, the bidding had placed South, with the shorter trump holding, as declarer meaning that West could not afford to lead a heart with his imperfect collection whereas if North had been declarer a heart lead from East would have sunk the contract right away. Instead West led the jack of spades, the unbid suit, which declarer won in hand with the ace. With scarcely a moment’s time out, South crossed to dummy with a trump noting that both opponents followed. He now made to key play of leading the diamond 2 from the dummy and East was well and truly impaled on

Morton’s Fork. If East rose with the diamond ace, declarer would later be able to discard two losing hearts on the spade king and diamond queen. If, on the other hand, East allowed the queen of diamonds to win the trick, declarer could pitch the now singleton diamond king on spade king. In either event, 6 clubs was making. The most impressive part of this hand to my mind was the speed with which South recognized the only way in which he could make his contract. It could be said that declarer was fortunate to find the diamond ace with East, a necessary condition for the slam to come home, but he knew that at this level of competition, players are often reluctant to open a weak 2 bid when holding an ace in a side suit, therefore the odds were in his favour. Thanks to the Internet there is an almost limitless supply of information on bridge. One site that I favour is This site is particularly good for listing all the important coups which I recommend to advancing players. Questions or comments: email: masson.ken@gmail. com Ken Masson

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Guadalajara’s blue collar Midtown

What I refer to as “Midtown Guadalajara� runs east from Chalpultepec to 8 De Julio, and south from Calle Independencia to Libertad. Avenida Vallarta passes directly through its heart, but much of what’s worth seeing and doing in this eclectic neighborhood happens on its less-traveled streets. This is a walking experience, and ready accessibility via public transportation means ‘no car required’. These neighborhoods are a great pastime during the day, but 0XVHRGHOD&LXGDG ,QGHSHQGHQFLD# come alive in the evenings, so con'H-XOLR 


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sider a Saturday night stayover. Start with the Museo de la Ciudad (Calle Independencia 684, just east of 8 de Julio), which presents the history of Guadalajara from its founding in 1542. This building housed a convent of Capuchin nuns beginning in 1761, and its courtyard is now a venue for installations, exhibitions, lectures, and tastings. Six permanent exhibition

Older buildings like this still dot the neighborhood

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rooms house artifacts of the historic, urban, ethnographic, artistic development of the city and its inhabitants. Four other rooms house temporary exhibitions that invite repeated revisits. From the Museo, it’s two blocks to the Andador Coronilla, a streetturned pedestrian thoroughfare lined with restaurants, cafÊs, and studios that offer dancing, drawing, and painting lessons.

Laborers and shopkeepers occupy the neighborhoods east of Federalismo, and these streets afford a snapshot of everyday life for blue collar Mexicans. (See also my post South Centro.) From there it’s another two blocks to the Parque Revolución and the University of Guadalajara, which adds its own flavor to the mix. I posted my take on the daytime Parque last week.   In the evening other parts $QGDGRU&RURQLOODFDIp of this neighborhood come alive. The Parque’s southwest side is home to several restaurants and bars. Habitat features a good selection of craft beers, wifi, and pool tables.  It’s also home to some eye-popping art. West of the park on Pedro Moreno is the 1er Piso Jazz Club.  The door to this walk-up location is both austere and obscure (just west of the HU3LVR 3UHPHU3LVR -D]]&OXELQWHULRU 3HGUR intersection on 0RUHQR#(VFRU]D  the south side of the street), but the inside has comfortable feel of an intimate cabaret.   1er Piso had good food and a great bar.  Saturday evening performances begin at 10:30PM (reservations recommended). Cafe Gato Negro has an inviting atmosphere and serves specialty coffee drinks and a modest menu from 2:30 PM. Next up on the walking tour of Guadalajara’s engaging ,QWHULRU&DIp*DWR1HJUR Midtown:  The Templo Expiatorio and the University of Guadalajara’s Museo Bellas Artes. To reach Midtown via public transportation:  From Ajijic or Chapala, take the bus to Guadalajara’s Central Viejo bus terminal (around USD $3.50).  From there it’s a short taxi ride, or you can catch the macrobus a couple of blocks east on the Calzada Independencia.   Take it for the short ride to the Tren Ligero station at San Juan de Dios and ride it two stops to the Juarez station (each about USD$.50).  There are a number of boutique hotels in this area, but I rate experience as good at the Hotel Portobelo, and the Casino Plaza, which offers free in-and-out parking.  Find great weekend rates on Antonio RamblÊs

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he American, blond hair now streaked with white, moved to the highlands of central Mexico to escape old hopes and expectations. She bought a small villa in Chapala and a battered pickup whose bed she filled with plants and flowers which she brought home to make a magnificent garden. Her dog, Dulce, the size of a small pony, five pond fish, and the cat she had been in love with until he ate her cockatoo completed this idyllic setting. The only thing missing was a man. Having not yet learned that you can’t find love by searching, she went out that late afternoon in pursuit of it. She painted her nails electric blue to match her eye shadow and applied a most seductive shade of red on her wanting lips. Rolling down her window she backed out of the gate, and turning, bounced down the cobblestone streets that led to Avenue Pepe Guizar where she would turn left at the traffic light on the carreterra. Her goal was California Restaurant, sure to be filled with expatriates getting in touch with their souls while eating turkey dinner, the restaurant’s Thursday Special. Her elbow leaned out the window as she waited for the light to turn green. She was stunned when her perfect man rode up on his horse alongside her, his steed prancing to the mariachi music that played on her radio.

With a grin he tipped his sombrero and blew her a kiss. Their eyes locked in dreamy contemplation. She wanted the moment to last forever, but fate was intervened by the sound of a car’s horn beeping in protest as it pulled up behind them. In stride, they made the movement of the left hand turn together. Then he dropped back behind her and made a right-hand turn onto the street that led to the back entrance of the bull ring. Surely her man wasn’t gone forever, she thought later as she chewed on a slice of turkey thigh at the California, although she had ordered white meat. And wouldn’t her man have passed Tom’s Restaurant that often sold draft beer to Charros who left their horses tied to a tree out front? Perhaps that was the place they were meant to meet. The following Thursday she passed through their intersection again and again as she willed her charro to reappear. As she sat at the red light finally ready to give up, a dog with long legs strode up beside her, panting. Why he looks just like my dog! He jumped up and stuck his head though her window. Drips from the dog’s tongue landed on her knee in splashes as he looked up at her. It was then that she realized that indeed it was Dulce. She opened the door before the light turned green and he jumped in beside her. His snoring at the foot of the bed that night woke her from a sweet dream, so she got up to get a cookie. Dulce rose too, as he had guessed her intention. As she leaned over to give him a bite, she noticed the petal of a flower blossom hanging from a hair of his lower lip. She hated it when he ate her azaleas, yet smiled when she reflected on the magic in her life. After all, she didn’t need to have a man to fall in love. She knew that for sure because she had fallen in love with Mexico. Janice Kimball


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hat is happening in Western Democracies? What, exactly is going on? The UK voted for Brexit. A major political party in the US has nominated Donald Trump for president. David Duke and white supremacists are back in the news. Right-wing nationalist parties in Europe, marginalized for many years, are clearly making a comeback. And this is catching us all by surprise? What’s happening? Jonathan Haidt, who I have referenced before in this column, has inked a new article in The American Interest which tried to make sense of all this. He cites the work of the intellectual historian Michael Lind who has suggested that the world seems to be dividing itself into two opposing camps: the globalists and the nationalists. Globalism has been in fashion for some time and is based on the economic premise that the world is one big market, and that we will all be better off if we embrace this reality and liberalize our economic system to accommodate world trade (consider NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership). The European Union has staked its existence on this concept with a common currency and open borders. A common tenet of globalism is that immigration is inherently beneficial because it brings new talent and new energy into the marketplace which increases innovation and promotes economic growth. The concept of multiculturalism, as a desirable goal, fits nicely into this global ideal. Some on the secular left agree with this concept and embrace it. But there are problems. The economic benefits of globalism, although perhaps real, are realized in the aggregate. In other words, the larger economy may benefit from globalism, in the long run. In the short run, however, many workers are displaced and face desperate circumstances. Immigration, which can also be a boon economically, causes fear, anger and resentment in the short term. Because the world is facing a large Muslim immigration at the moment, many people, especially in European countries, are feeling overwhelmed. Because of their religious beliefs, Muslim immigrants are less likely to easily assimilate into their host countries. Highly


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%LOO)UD\HU educated immigrants are a clear benefit, but uneducated, poor immigrants put a strain on social service systems and local taxpayers. The other group Lind identifies are nationalists. These people, often working class, are not inherently racist nor intolerant. They think in terms of what’s best for “their people,” usually their country. Because plants are closing, jobs are being lost, and the pace of immigration seems overwhelming, they are reacting by wanting their leaders to impose order and control over what seems to them as a downward trend. It is in these circumstances that they tend to embrace authoritarian leaders, hence the popularity of Donald Trump. The elite political establishment, committed to global development, does not do a good job convincing these nationalists that they have their interests in mind. The European Union is a classic example, setting policy in Brussels, without much input from the business owners and taxpayers in the UK and other countries. In this context, Brexit was not surprising. This may indeed be a transformative year. The voters in Western Democracies are speaking loud and clear. I am not advocating pulling back completely from globalism. I continue to believe that global markets are good, and immigration is positive, at least in the long run. But leaders in the West clearly need to listen to the concerns of many honest, hardworking people who feel their interests are being ignored. Perhaps immigration needs to be more closely regulated. Perhaps vast trade deals are moving too fast. Perhaps we need to slow down and consider the effects on everyone. Perhaps elite world leaders have to exercise more humility and do a better job seeking the input of the governed before they blindly dictate policy. Perhaps they need to take some responsibility for the rise of demagogues like Donald Trump.

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What Is Thrill The World?


hrill The World” is friends, families and other local residents who each year join together with thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Michael Jackson’s talent by dancing simultaneously to “Thriller!” But TTW is more than just dancing to a six-minute song. This is a “global community” project that is inspiring others to break down barriers, connect with people of all religions, race, political and economic persuasions, contribute to helping humanity, encourage environmental stewardship and encourage people to step up as leaders, visionaries and creators. Elliott Joachim started the “Thriller”


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event in Ajijic in 2010 with a mere seven people. Everyone thought they were crazy and they probably were, but they had fun dressed up as Zombies and doing the same dance that thousands of people around the world were doing at the same time. Now it has become a major annual event here in Ajijic. In 2015, the Zombie horde swelled to 65 people strong who managed to raise over 200,000 pesos in sponsorships from their friends, families and even complete strangers for Cruz Roja. If you did not see the event last year, there were hundreds of people packed in the Plaza to witness the show. Unfortunately, Elliott passed away earlier this year but her dream was to have a horde of over 100 Zombies. In her memory, because we know she is watching, we are calling for Zombies to rise up and make that dream happen. Our rehearsals for “Thrill the World” Ajijic 2016 will begin on Saturday, September 10th from 1 PM – 3 PM at Club Exotica at the back of El Jardin Restaurant on the Ajijic Plaza. The rehearsals will then continue on Wednesday from 5 PM – 7 PM and Saturday from 1 PM – to 3 PM until the show on October 29th at 5 PM sharp. Come learn the dance (no experience necessary), have fun, raise some money for Cruz Roja and ROCK ON! Questions? Val Jones or Dee Grant at or visit www.

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THE OJO INTERNET MAILBOX (Wherein we publish some comments about our previous issues.)

Editor’s Edit Ed tor or’s ’ss P Page ag ge - July July Ju ly 2 2016 016 01 6 Christy Wiseman Ch You make a serious concern of many of us here at Lakeside into an enjoyable and informative read. Bravo! What Color Is Mexico? Ken Salzmann Fabulous! What a delight to read! THE BEAR WHO CAME TO LUNCH &—and other adventures from my life as a Park Ranger Bryan Smith A great summary of an excellent career! Also, splendid piece of writing! I freely admit, it was an honor and pleasure to work with you at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Torquemada And The Spanish Inquisition Linda L. Steele Very well-written and very educational! Lorin reveals a more informative view of an unfortunate

historical hi h issttto orric o oric ical al event. eve vent ntt. New Revolution In Mexico Alexander Maidan Very well written and informative article full of love for art and Mexico at the same time. Brava! Rose. Alec Jack the Ripper—Part Three Christy Wiseman Interesting analysis - I’ve enjoyed all three articles and learned a bit along the way. It does make me wonder if the extensive violence we are currently offered on t.v. and in movies might desensitize and negatively influence the behavior of some who otherwise might not act out their violent extremist tendencies? From Doctor To Patient Christy Wiseman A most interesting article. I appreciated this doctor’s sharing his humanity with us. ‘Walking in our shoes’ will no doubt make him a better doctor and a more compassionate person. Thanks! Andy Rooney On Sex! John Chester I have SERIOUS doubts that these REALLY came from Andy Rooney!!! The Egyptian Caravan Gabrielle Blair I liked this interesting account of two caravan journeys offering some historical information and some personal anecdote. A great touch to conclude with the origins of the Statue of Liberty. I wonder how many citizens of New York know from where their city’s icon originates.


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he bull elephant waited on the railway tracks in the blazing tropical heat to face down the new interloper that had been a threat to his herd and had already killed a calf. A new railroad, laid by the British, snaked its way through the jungle between Teluk Anson, (now Teluk Intan), to Tapah, Ipoh in India. On that fateful day in September 1894, the train left Teluk Anson and headed towards its destination through the herd’s jungle home. Some say the bull felt he had a score to settle with the ‘Iron Beast,’ seeking vengeance for the calf killed earlier by the same train. While others claimed that it was merely defending the herd from the ‘new enemy’ that had encroached upon their domain. The railway connecting Teluk, Anson to Tapah, Ipoh was completed in 1893 and its daily rumbling through the jungle threatened the habitat of many of the indigenous animals. So it seemed to be time to establish the herd’s right to live there. As the train thundered through the bush, the British engine driver was unable to avoid a collision, because the elephant stood defiantly on the railway tracks and refused to budge in spite of the loud whistling and engine noise as they hurtled to-


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wards the brave bull. The bull was huge, taller than the ‘Iron Beast’ and it collided with the engine head-on at 50 miles per hour. The impact derailed the engine and three coaches. Passengers were mostly Chinese towkays and business men returning to Kuala Lumpur after visits to the tin mines in the Kinta Valley.  Many were hurt in the twisted wreck and two Indian workers died of injuries sustained in the accident. The elephant was killed instantly.  The British Government erected a memorial to commemorate the heroic last stand of the gallant elephant. Unfortunately the poor creature was butchered even in death to be used as memorabilia for posterity. The skull is kept by Taiping Museum; some bones are with KTMB (Railways), but somehow the priceless Ivory Tusks found their way half way around the world to England.  This place should be in the tourist brochures as ‘must see’ places in Teluk Intan, Perak. Lest we forget. Such a tale of selfsacrifice and bravery by an animal should be known throughout the world. John Ward

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his September, Ajiijc will be home to two special guests, Daniel Moody and David Fung. David Fung visited Ajijic this last February with the Northern Lights Music Festival and wowed the audience with his rendition of Dimitri Shostakovich’s piano concerto #1 with strings and trumpet. He has fallen in love with Ajijic so has brought one of his musical colleagues, outstanding countertenor Daniel Moody from New York to show him around. They will be performing major concerts in Guadalajara but as a special treat they have consented to do two very small elite concerts here in the village while they are visiting. They want these concerts to be fundraisers for Christopher Wilshere’s Northern Lights


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Music Festival de Febrero. On September 11 at 2:00 pm in the afternoon at the private home of John and Mary Bragg, David Fung will perform a private concert for his fans. He has been described as “stylish and articulate” in the New York Times and praised as having “superstar qualities” by  Le Libre.  Mr. Fung performs regularly with the world’s foremost ensembles and it is an honor to have him play for us privately.  Recent and upcoming engagements include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Symphony Orchestra and most of the major orchestras worldwide. Anyone who was an enthralled witness to David’s performances last February would urge that if there is any way to get tickets to these concerts, you do so immediately. As the concerts are in a private home and there will be a small cocktail party for David and Daniel beforehand. Tickets will be limited to under 80 people. A chance to see and hear a live performance of such renowned musicians is something special here in Ajijic. On Sunday September 18th at 2:00 pm, the second concert will feature Daniel Moody at the home of Roseann and Tony Wilshere. Countertenor Daniel Moody has garnered widespread acclaim for his commanding yet expressive vocal timbre and his breathtaking musicianship.  Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Mr. Moody is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy sound” (The Washington Post) and ability to “pierce hearts” and “utterly silence a room” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) with his expressivity and deep connection with audiences. See for yourself. Check either of them out on youtube and WikipediaDavid Fung and Daniel Moody. Tickets are $400 pesos and can be purchased by contacting Maureen cellomoajijic@  or call 376-108-1407 (save the dates Feb.11-26 for Northern Lights Festival 2017)

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ome arrive at onemonth-old; some at twelve. They might come bundled as three siblings rescued from the streets, or they might dribble in one by one. Relative to his or her pre-existing quality of life, each orphan has arrived through a gate to paradise. Their lives, now surrounded by love and acceptance, are dependent upon the donations of the generous, and they are maturely grateful. According to Azucena, one of the older girls, the children take care of one another. With the three Sisters needing to multi-task every waking moment, the kids have learned how to make their sanctuary work for all. The older ones have learned how to follow the rules and teach the newer and younger ones how to get along for everyone’s sake. Azucena jokes that the girls are far better teachers than the boys; they make the best baby sitters for the toddlers, too! Eleven-year-old Edgar arrived at Villa Infantil at five-months-old. Now an eleven-year-old, he serves as an acolyte, chosen by Padre Basilio, the priest who is key to the orphanage’s success. Edgar shared that the life of the church is a solid part of the children’s lives, from praying the rosary before Mass to taking Holy Communion starting around eightyears-old. He also enjoys playing the clarinet and Ukulele, and is studying music to fulfill future dreams. For all the boys, they mostly enjoy watch-


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ing soccer on TV, but know that they must take turns choosing the program. For the school-aged kids, their school day begins at 5:00 AM: they clean their rooms, brush their teeth, eat breakfast, and attend school. All students have their own donated materials, from backpacks to books, to paper and pencils. Once home, they do their homework, possibly with a Sister’s or visitor’s assistance. Going to public school provides a wonderful part of their day. All of the children take their education seriously and have career dreams. Nineteen-year old, Margarita, for example, just received her official acceptance into the psychology program at the Marist University of Guadalajara. She is a perfect role model for the younger children and a testimony to the coordinated efforts of the local schools and Villa Infantil. Back at their home, however, the remaining after-school children must take on household duties. They tidy up the buildings through assigned jobs, always thoughtful about respecting one another’s small space. They do their laundry, polish their shoes, bathe in the afternoons, and may assist with cooking. While the thirty-eight children are normally polite and efficient with their chores, the Sisters might sometimes assign time-outs for the purpose of reflecting on their actions. Their surrogate mothers feel that it is important that the orphanage remains an environment that teaches cause and effect. The way of self-responsibility is the measure of getting along in this playground paradise. Villa Infantil de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe y San Jose, Highway to Morelia km 89 between San Pedro Tesistan & San Cristóbal, Mpio. de Jocotepec, Jal. Tel. (33) 13823014 Madre Paty, Cell. (333) 197-8665 Padre Basil Royston basil@

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ast week on impulse I stopped in at this boutique that advertises handcrafted women’s clothing. As soon as I walked in I could tell there was something going on. There were three people in this small space. A white-haired man sat on a stool in the corner. He looked at me with friendly blue eyes but didn’t say anything. His wife was a petite woman in her 70s, with gray hair, in a cut I privately think of as “nun’s day off.” She didn’t look at me. She had a problem. She was trying to make a point in English to the shopkeeper, whose head was down. He wasn’t saying anything loud enough for me to hear. I decided that I could help fix the problem, whatever it was, in the interest of Pan American friendship. I asked her what the problem was. She pointed to a blouse hanging on the wall. It was eye-catching, black, with vivid embroidered flowers. It would have looked beautiful on a young dark-haired Mexican girl. I turned back to this little gray haired lady, who said, “This man’s wife made that blouse especially for me. I paid a deposit and the balance owing is 200 pesos. He says it’s 250. I’m not paying that.” We all stood there for a few moments. Then the shopkeeper went to the phone to call his wife. As so often happens in life, she didn’t answer. Clearly he wasn’t going to budge from the 250 pe-


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sos until he heard from his wife. The lady wasn’t budging either. She said to me, “I’m flying back to Canada early tomorrow morning and I have to have the blouse now.” Stalemate. I looked over at her husband to see if he would break the tie, so to speak, but he just sat there quietly, eyes twinkling. He looked to me like one of those experienced husbands who knew when to stay out of things. I decided to try reason. “Well, the difference between 200 pesos and 250 pesos owing is only 50 pesos. That’s about $3.50 in dollars,” forgetting she was Canadian. She wasn’t impressed. “The balance was 200 pesos and that’s all I’m going to pay,” she said firmly. She wasn’t going to be taken in by this Mexican. The shopkeeper picked up the phone again, dialed, and this time handed it to me. Still no answer. In haste I dropped the phone on the floor and bent to retrieve it. I was starting to feel surrounded by my own good intentions. I saw a way out. “I’ll pay the 50 pesos,” I said. Her lips thinned. “No, you won’t!” she snapped. She wasn’t going to let me get cheated either. Was she thinking, “It’s not the money, it’s the principle?” Feeling a little desperate by now, I looked to her husband for help one more time. He just sat and smiled. On the third try the wife answered the phone. “Give her the blouse for 200 pesos,” she said. I was relieved. We could all go on with our lives. The shopkeeper wrapped the blouse and handed it to the lady. Everybody won. She was vindicated and satisfied and she had her beautiful black blouse with the colorful flowers. Her husband managed to stay out of everything. I was pleased to have helped and even more relieved to escape. And the shopkeeper? We all got out of his store and out of his life—until the next high season, that is. Was she thinking, “It’s not the money, it’s the principle?” Sandy Olson

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT This coming September 20, our magazine shall host its 22nd Annual Awards Luncheon. Those who have contributed articles to the Ojo from October 2015 through September 2016 are cordially invit ted and bring along a guest if they like. ted to te t attend, a The event takes place at the Ajijic Tango RestauTh T he ev v rant in Ajijic, with the doors opening at noon. These yearly luncheons are the Tingen Family’s way of expressing LWV JUDWLWXGH WR WKH PDQ\ ¿QH ZULWHUV ZKR RYHU WKH \HDUV KDYH been the main reason for our success. See you there!


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elson Rockefeller made his first trip to Mexico at the age of 25 to buy paintings for the Museum of Modern Art. He fell in love with the country’s folk art and died, 46 years later, having amassed a collection of over 3,000 pieces. His daughter Ann wanted the collection placed where both Anglo-Americans and people of Latin descent could enjoy it. It is now housed in two museums: the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Mexican Museum in San Francisco. On Rockefeller’s first visit to Mexico in 1933 he traveled through the central highlands, in and out of museums and shops in Mexico City, and to Puebla and Morelos to visit old churches decorated with folk sculptures and paintings. He made several more trips in the 1930s and contin-


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ued to travel to Mexico throughout World War ll. He took his wife and family to Oaxaca in 1948. During his years as the governor of New York, he had little opportunity to visit Latin America, and his collection of folk art was placed in storage. In 1968 a visit to a Mexican shop in Manhattan rekindled his interest; he unpacked the boxes and resumed studying and collecting Mexican folk art until the 1970’s. Explaining her father’s deep love of Mexican artifacts, Ann said they were “part of a culture in which the ordinary events of daily life were celebrated…the mundane things made to carry out everyday acts – the containers we put things in, the clothing we wear, the religious objects we pray with, the toys we give our children…are all valuable and worthy of the greatest creative expression.” Three months before his death, Rockefeller made one last trip to Mexico. In his journal he wrote: “We came to know the gentle warmth and hospitality so typical of the Mexican people and experience the thrill of watching creation in its simplest and most genuine form.” During the course of his many visits, he met President Lazaro Cardenas, prominent painters like Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, important collectors like Miguel and Rosa Covarrubias, and legendary folk artists such as Teodora Blanco, Dona Rosa Real de Nieta, and Josefina Aguilar from Oaxaca. In 1939, as President of the Museum of Modern Art, he organized a major exhibition called Twenty Centuries of Mexican Art that brought together 2,000 masterpieces, the most extensive survey of Mexican art ever presented outside the country. He saw it as an excellent way of shor-

ing up US/Mexico relations. Shortly before his death, he decided to publish a series of books on his art collection and journeyed to Mexico to photograph folk artists, purchase new pieces and visit old haunts. His relationship to art was personal and emotionally charged; his approach to collecting was “visceral”* according to a Museum of Modern Art director who said: “Nelson had the most insatiable appetite for art I know. Works of art gave him a deep, almost therapeutic delight…” An excellent coffee table book titled Folk Treasures of Mexico—The Nelson A. Rockefeller Collection by Marion Oettinger, Jr. provides an overview of what Rockefeller collected: utilitarian objects such as water coolers and pulque pitchers, ceremonial objects like masks and incense burners, objects of play and fantasy such as coin banks, pull toys and whistles, and decorative objects like carvings. Over 80 color photographs illustrate Rockefeller’s eclectic, unique taste. I’m tempted to grab the next flight to San Antonio just to visit the collection, but thanks to Feria Maestros del Arte held in Chapala, I can save the air fare and see Mexico’s folk art right here in November. I think that Nelson Rockefeller would have loved this event because: “he enjoyed the process of collecting immensely, especially amid the hustle and bustle found in a Mexican market.” The Feria is a place to interact with the artisans directly and for Rockefeller, “the object had everything to do with the artisans, their pride and dignity, the transaction and the setting.” Nelson A. Rockefeller has been called a “pure” collector of folk art. Collecting had nothing to do with “status, competition, investment, pride of possession, pride of taste; even a reputation for being a ‘patron of the arts’ did not interest him.” Oettinger sums it up: “His collecting, out of step with most of his peers, was directed not by fashion, price or potential market value, but by the intrinsic beauty and charm he recognized in the pieces themselves.” Mexican folk artists “mold, carve and paint the face of Mexico” and Nelson A. Rockefeller’s collection allows the world to gaze upon that face with wonder. *(Quotations are from Marion Oettinger, Jr., Folk Treasures of Mexico (Houston: Arte Publico Press, 2010) Harriet Hart

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his book by James Hillman will never be everyone’s cup of tea. It is not easy reading. It is dense. It is complicated. He uses words and concepts that are not for the weak-minded. But it is one of the most profound books I’ve read in the last ten years. Not the easiest, but one of the best! Hillman has written this book in hopes he will stimulate a “contriteawakening” to our hypocrisy regarding peace and war. Of course, humanity has a universal and righteous condemnation of war yet war still dominates our world. Why? The author steps back to get underneath how humanity functions, to explore


the undercurrents of our collective behavior and to offer some sort of explanation. Hillman looks at the compelling force of war and in so doing requires us to stop hiding behind our naiveté and observe the hypocrisy of our belief systems. He makes the reader

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come face to face with the following realities: 1. Human society has been and still is compulsively fascinated by war. 2. War makes us inhuman and its atrocities violate the sanctity of beliefs we hold dear during peacetime. 3. When war frenzy takes over, we become war’s ambassadors. 4. War requires an enemy that must be dehumanized. 5. War cannot exist without a monotheistic deity and corresponding belief system to which we are allegiant. 6. We are naive in our insistence that any war will end all war. Hillman says: “war is governed by something like a collective force beyond individual human will. The task then is to imagine the nature of this collective force.” To address this archetypal force, he uses the Greek/Roman god of war, Ares/ Mars, to exemplify the divinity that imposes allegiance, as all tyrants do, to implement a bellicose agenda. This force sweeps the entire world into its vortex, defines the scapegoats, dehumanizes humanity and hides its presence and its reality by creating the enemy that must be destroyed. Yes, WAR is presented as a personality (yes, a Deity) that has the capacity to exercise its agenda throughout human history regardless of human desire to end war What we cannot see, we cannot understand, and Hillman wants us to recognize Mars/Ares in our chief perpetrator of warring activity. He wants us to see that the Western world is deeply Christian, and that these war gods are hidden in the roots of our Christianity. It is no secret that all wars have been fought in the name of the one God, the one Truth, the one Sacred Scripture and the divine right to protect the property the divinity granted. The major paradigm of our whole Christian culture is based on a war, the war between God and the Devil, between good and evil. Every war we encounter has been fought to end

all wars, all threats of danger, all evil. Hillman relentlessly puts our hypocrisy in front of our faces. The claim to exclusive truth, divine rights given by the deity, is the one common thread that feeds humanity’s justification of war. “Without understanding the power of the war gods, we have no hope to humanize what is not human but has entered the human world.” Hillman leaves us with the sobering truth that though we cannot stop war, we might at least slow its start. Prudence has disappeared and, according to Aldous Huxley, “Moderns have been able to add only one sin to the traditional Seven Deadlies: Haste.” He concludes, “The real satanic seducer is our willful ignorance, arrogant stupidity, the coward’s retreat from awareness.” Hillman wants people to understand this archetype and claims that if we understand its intentions and internalize its meaning in our own lives, the fate of the world might be more positive. I wish Hillman had gone further to point out how each of us has our own personal love of war. How much do we enjoy demonizing people with differing political convictions? How much of our current political debate expresses our individual vestiges of our own wars? How easy it is for us to demonize neighbors we do not understand. Human beings always have a group or an individual they can vilify, as if we cannot ourselves exist without our own war. We are unconsciously addicted to that war. Hillman’s contribution is to help us recognize that we have met the enemy and the enemy is us. I think he did a profoundly successful job. To this end Hillman has accomplished his task and troubled us all. David Bryen

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Sandy Olson

Phone: 331-283-8529 Email:

THEY’RE FULL OF HOT AIR This Sunday, September 8, is Ajijic’s Globo Regatta, which features hand-made hot air balloons made out of paper. They are constructed largely on site by teams engaging in friendly competition, with the balloons ranging from small and simple to large and very complex, and will be launched continuously throughout the show. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at the Ajijic soccer field near El Torito on Calle Revolucion. OPEN CIRCLE Sunday morning finds many Lakeside residents at the Lake Chapala Society and Open Circle, a forum on a variety of stimulating topics. A social hour with coffee and snacks at 10:00 a.m. is followed by an interesting lecture and discussion at 10:30. September 11 Physical and Spiritual Laws Are Inseparable Presented by Victor Youcha Victor will talk about spiritual and physical laws of the universe, touching on the laws of karma, polarity (yin and yang), and others. These laws impact our lives whether we are aware of them or not. Understanding them can change our perspective and give us greater freedom and choice in life. Victor is a practicing chiropractor and acupuncturist. He is a student of Eckankar, ancient teachings pertinent for today. Shamanic training has also convinced him that the spiritual aspects of our lives are connected to our health and existence.  September 18 El Camino de Santiago de Campostela Presented by Paula Haarvei and Kate Derry Why would someone pushing 70 make the conscious decision to trudge an average of 18 miles a day through rugged, unknown terrain? What could be the appeal in hiking up and down endless hills for more than a month with all your belongings strapped to your back? And at the close of each exhausting day, where’s the reward in sleeping in a bunkbed in a room with 20 strangers vying for the only bathroom? Canadian expat Kate Derry did just that—not once but three times—on the French Route of El Camino. Paula Haarvei, an expat from the US, took the proverbial road less travelled by trekking the North Way. Paula and Kate will describe their experiences and speak about the important things they learned on this journey of a lifetime. September 25 Back to the Future Presented by Rachel McMillen Rachel quotes Noam Chomsky: he recently stated that “It’s a kind of irony that all over the world, the leading forces in trying to prevent a race to disaster are the indigenous communities.â€? Could it be that the very people we have marginalized are the ones who can save us from ourselves? What can we learn from our original people – and will they agree to teach us? She is the author of the Dan Connor mystery series, which combines “a hint of politics, a dab of environmental issues, a good dollop of native culture and a full helping of fastpaced actionâ€? (Writer’s Weekly). At various times she has been a teacher, a facilitator, an accountant, a business owner and, through all of it, a wife and mother. She and her husband sailed the west coast on their 36’ sailboat for over 30 years. October 2  Educating My Way Up Presented by MayarĂ­ Sandoval Polo Rachel McMillen An enthusiastic, highly articulate 15-yearold Mexican girl will talk to us about her ambitions to change her country by educating herself and cultivating her mind. She is currently in her junior year at the Instituto Internacional Octavio Paz. MayarĂ­ will tell us what is so special about this school and how it is preparing her to achieve her life goals. MayarĂ­ was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, and moved to Ajijic when she was two years old, and considers Chapala to be her hometown.  She is captain of her debate team, president of the student council, and a basketball and football enthusiast. MayarĂ­ speaks fluent English as well as French, and hopes to attend Stanford University.


GROW YOUR OWN‌.. ‌‌..vegetables, that is. The Ajijic Organic Vegetable Growers meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 in the gazebo at Tabarka Restaurant, Rio Zula #7. The next meeting will be on September 14. For information, email John McWilliams at or by phone at 376.766.0620. There are two websites that gardeners will find very informative: and A LOVELY SONNET Our local writer and actor Michael Warren has earned a Laureate’s Choice award for his Sonnet for Marianne, in the 2016 Maria W. Faust Sonnet Competition at the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Check out his sonnet (and others) at http://www.sonnetcontest. org. Here it is: Sonnet for Marianne So soft, so sweet, her final breath I hardly knew the air had moved – she gave a sigh, life became death, flesh became dust, loving loved. It’s hard to understand how dust and air and water, only these can love so much, and hurt and lust and hope and grieve – such alchemies she teaches me, that all things must return to silent earth, unspeaking peace. And yet, and yet in mind I hold her in my arms again before the dawn till I grow white and old she breathes. And then no more. JOHN PINT COMES TO TOWN A celebrated explorer, educator, author and columnist, John Pint will reveal the million year old secrets of the Bosque de Maples (maple forest) near Talpalpa, at noon on Wednesday, September 21, at the Racquet Club in San Juan Cosala. John Pint and his wife Susie have a fascinating PowerPoint presentation showing maples and walnut trees popping up amongst giant prehistoric ferns in the cloud forest, which dates from the Pleistocene Age. John lives in Guadalajara. He has an unmissable weekly newspaper column in the Guadalajara Reporter and a clutch of books to his credit. His work ranges from The Desert Caves of Saudi Arabia, Outdoors in West Mexico, and a self study series on teaching English as a foreign language. John and Susie are appearing at the invitation of the Lake Chapala Garden Club, as a special treat for members. Non members of the Garden Club are welcome to attend this special presentation, but only as a guest of a member. Numbers are limited to 100 and your lunch must be paid beforehand. To avoid disappointment, please book early with Jean Marie Harmon, SHE PAINTS HER BATTY PARENTS The title of the Lakeside Little Theatre’s next offering, Painting Churches, refers to Soho artist Margaret Church’s coming back to the family home in New England for the last time before her parents move out. She wants to paint a portrait of them for her first solo exhibition, and by doing so come to terms with her own neuroses by capturing her vision of her batty 7KHFDVWOHIWWRULJKW/%+DPLOWRQ'DYLG:KDU྾ parents on canvas. The show is directed and Tina Leonard by Peggy Lord Chilton. It runs September 23 to October 2. Other upcoming LLT shows are as follows: Outside Mullingar, October 21-30 Chapter 2, December 2-11

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Death and the Maiden, January 13-22, 2017 Chicago, February 11-28 Second Summer, March 24-April 2 For information on ticket sales, call 376.766.0954 (messages are okay), or email THEY EXPLORE THE MEANING OF LIFE The Naked Stage next production is Paul Kloegman and Damyn Young Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s directed by Graham Miller and stars Damyn Young and Paul Kloegman.  Dates: September 30, October 1 & 2  This is a  story about a college professor and his former student, an accomplished journalist.  Sixteen years after graduation, the student happens to catch the professor’s appearance on a TV program and discovers he is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease. A visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage which explores the meaning of life. A reviewer says, “It’s a heart warming play that blends comedy, drama and poignancy.”    The Naked Stage is now located in Riberas del Pilar, at Hidalgo #261, on the mountain side and directly across from the Catholic Church. For more information and reservations, email For those who use Facebook, look for The Naked Stage for breaking news and updates. A NEW PRIEST IN TOWN On a beautiful Saturday afternoon last month, Robbin del Nagro was ordained as an Anglican Catholic priest by the Bishop of Western Mexico, the Rt. Rev. Lino Rodriguez Amaro. The ordination took place at St. Andrews Anglican Catholic Church in Riberas del Pilar, and members of the church hosted a garden reception. Robbin began serving St. Andrew’s as their Interim Rector on September 1. SIGN UP EARLY FOR THIS ONE CASA, the Culinary Arts Society of Ajijic is hosting another of its very popular bus tours to Guadalajara. The date is Wednesday, October 5. Here’s the schedule: The first stop is in El Salto at the Romertopf factory (check romertopfonline. com) There will be incredible deals on clay bakers, natural and glazed, garlic keepers and other items. The factory is closing so this is the last chance to purchase onsite. The second and third stops are at a Korean/Asian store and, within walking distance, Toyo, a  Japanese/Asian  import Rev. Robbin del Nagro store. The last stop will be for lunch at Suehiro, the best Japanese restaurant in Guadalajara since opening in 1975. The restaurant offers good quality food and has a beautiful decor, including a Japanese garden and koi pond. Check it out at Menu choices will be announced this month. The luncheon includes tips; beverages are not included. This is an all day tour on a first class bus. Cost for CASA members is 1000 pesos. For the public: 1100 pesos. Please contact for further information or reservations. There are no refunds for cancellations. Monica Molloy, CASA president, says, “Reserve early—our tours sell out quickly.” PAINTING DEMONSTRATIONS COMING UP Members of the Lake Chapala Painting Guild will be offering demonstrations in various media at Sol Mexicano. The artists and their dates are as follows: Lois Schroff, October 19 and 20; Geraldine Classen, November 3 and 4; Winnie Hunt, November 17 and 18; Sonia Mocnik, December 1 and 2; Nancy Gray, January 5 and 6; Carol Ann


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Sonia Mocnik, Geraldine Classen and Winnie Hunt. Owers, January 19 and 20. Each session will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until at least 1 p.m. There is no charge and reservations aren’t necessary. Everyone is invited. Sol Mexicano is located on Colon #13 in Ajijic, a half block south of the plaza. WIN A CAR! OR A GOLF CART! The Country Club de Chapala and Cruz Roja Chapala Delegacion are proud to announce the XIII Golf Classic. As usual, there will be great prizes. Win a car from Dalton Toyota or a golf cart, compliments of Lozano, or maybe a dream vacation donated by SkyMed. There are lots of ways to win, even for non-golfers! Lakeside residents understand the importance of the Cruz Roja ambulance service and this year the tournament proceeds will be used to rehab the vehicles. (Trauma

specialists and cardiologists often refer to the “golden hour,” a period of time when long term outcomes can be influenced by immediate care). Please sign up for the tournament or the delicious barbecue comida that follows. The tournament is held on Thursday, November 3 at the Country Club de Chapala. Registration at the CCC pro Shop. For information on how you can be a player or sponsor call 766-2054 or 766-4990. FERIA MAESTRO DEL ARTE The 15th annual Feria will be held November 11-13, Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be 50 pesos. The feria’s location is at the Club de Yates de Chapala (Chapala Yacht Club), Paseo Ramon Corona in Chapala. This is a great volunteer opportunity. If interested, please contact Rachel McMillan (376) 106.0935, Those of you who might want to try hosting, please contact Sandra Spencer, (376) 766-1923, JALTEPEC DOES IT AGAIN Centro Educativo Jaltepec is preparing for its annual Christmas Dinner and Luncheon event. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, November 29, and the luncheon is on the following day, Wednesday, November 30. The students will, as usual, prepare the delicious meals. Timothy G. Ruff Welch will direct “A Taste of Los Cantantes del Lago.” Contact Linda Buckthorp at or call (376) 766.1631 to make your reservation in advance.

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e who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.” –

Lao Tzu Shark Tank is a reality TV show where people pitch their business ideas to an investor panel, and some proposals get funded and others don’t. I was particularly intrigued by a recent show where farmer Johnny Georges requested funding to expand his distribution of a Tree T-Pee invention to conserve massive amounts of water and costs for farmers’ trees. After a panel of potential investors heard Johnny’s proposal, they realized this was a simple and important invention. But here is where the twists and turns of different ambitions emerge. One investor panelist told Johnny that


he should at least triple the amount of money he was asking from farmers. Johnny responded that he only wanted to profit a dollar from each tree unit so that it could be easily affordable for farmers. The panelist rebuked Johnny for not being more business savvy about his invention, and shouted: “I’m out!” Meanwhile another panelist, Paul Deloria, co-founder of Paul Mitchell, questioned Johnny further, and saw that Johnny could do much good at a reasonable cost. Paul Deloria offered to fully fund the $150,000 that was requested to advance this project and Deloria further offered his professional support to see Johnny’s project successfully realized. This is a story about a farmer who is clear about what is ENOUGH for him,

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and is in full integrity about how he wants to help others. Let’s contrast this story with the U.S. big banks. When the 2008 economic collapse occurred, the banks looked to the government and taxpayers for a bail-out. The executives of these banks knew that an economic collapse was inevitable and also knew that they were the cause of it through massive over-leveraging of bad loans. Not only did the government and taxpayers bail out these banks, but the bank executives continued giving themselves outrageous salaries, salary and benefit increases, and hosted conspicuous and lavish parties. For these people, no amount of money would ever be enough. Unfortunately there are others who feel the same way and will support a corrupt system that benefits only them and harms others. Pick your outrage: corrupt politicians, outrageous prices for dubious pharmaceuticals, capitalizing on a struggling education system, packed private prisons, a military industrial-based economy, profit-making on student loans, contaminated water and food, compromised regulatory agencies by powerful lobbyists, etc. Ironically some of the people who most significantly manifest dysfunctional systems become the icons of success in our culture. And people with less sometimes enviously hope they too can have these lives of luxury some day, as they see over and over again that issues of character, civility, and integrity don’t matter in the climb to the top. Meanwhile costs are out-of-whack, quality of products and services are questionable, and employee satisfaction is often low. It’s time for us to reflect on what is ENOUGH and what is TOO MUCH. For some of us, our choice is to learn to live more like farmer Johnny Georges who takes care of his family and himself, and lives in gratitude and genuine service for others. Perhaps this also means learning to contentedly live more simply and to understand what is enough. For some, there is NOT ENOUGH. These people are often denied opportu-

nities because of socio-economic status, gender, religion, ethnicity, age, deteriorating health, etc. Other challenges are also the fact of a volatile employment market with downsizing, budget cuts, and shifting demands. While some people would vigorously argue to deny any kind of support for people in need, it’s helpful to remember that most of us have our times when we are up and down. It’s really an issue of whether we are intent on creating a humane and compassionate society for all, and whether we believe in transformation and what’s good in each person. In the midst of this world of extreme contrasts, there is often an “old fashioned land grab” mentality where people see the world as a “deficit model” – not enough for everyone. If we agree, however, that the frequent dysfunction of our systems is what is causing the diminishment of resources and opportunities, we then can begin to see the possibility of an “asset model” where there is enough for everyone. The ASSET MODEL is the truth of our world when it is in integrity, and this is the model that requires our trust and diligence. Our support for this model may take the form of protest, generously sharing as best we can, demonstrating higher ways of being with those we know and don’t know, advocating for others who are maligned or disadvantaged, and voting for politicians who demonstrate integrity for NEW PRIORITIES that promote humane and compassionate change. And aside from social change is our own willingness and ability to live fabulous and gracious lives that are ENOUGH. Johnny Georges is a new, authentic, and genuine hero of our times. He reminds us that ENOUGH can be simple, fair, and good. http://www. Mark Boyer

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s we age, our memories pile up like the stacks of magazines in the attic of the generations old family home. The weight of the teetering towers of Saturday Evening Post, Life, TV Guide, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Look, and Family Circle magazines could, over time, cause the weakening attic floor to give, sending the heavy collection of periodicals on a destructive fall to the rooms below and out the door into the yard for all to see. Likewise, our collection of memories, although comforting, could bring us down, too. I am not saying having memories or sharing them is bad. I play mine over repeatedly. I probably live in the past as much as or more than I live in the present. In fact, I’ve written and published a memoir. Having memories is not the problem. Sharing them is not the problem. The devil, however, is in the details. The mistake people


make in sharing memories is usually in the minutia. When telling a tale from the past, people often include far too many specifics, unnecessary information, and digressions. We often sacrifice relevance and appropriateness to the conversation to create our own comfort zone. The details people share may be interesting or important only to the storyteller. Sometimes, these

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particulars are not even true. Usually they reveal much more about us than we intend. As a result, we can bore the people with whom we are talking or, worse, cause them to think we should be avoided in the future. In the event one is asked, for example, if he or she has ever been to Europe, the answer should be a simple “yes” or “no” with, perhaps, a reference to the year or places visited. The questioner may ask follow-up questions or briefly add their similar experience if they wish. But many of us reply to a simple question with a barrage of unsolicited information in a stream-ofconsciousness rambling. Meet Grace Crawford of Topeka, Kansas. “Oh, yes. Henry and I went to Europe in ’97. Or was it ’98? Oh, it was ’97. It was right after our daughter Heather had little Jessica, our beautiful little princess. We were so happy; Heather and Greg finally had a girl after the two boys. Anyway, Henry and I went to London and Paris. I wanted to include Switzerland, but we just couldn’t afford it. And I’ve regretted it ever since. You know, coming from Kansas, I really wanted to see those Alps. I mean the biggest hill at home is a freeway overpass. But, anyway, we went to London and met the loveliest couple, Lillian and Geoff Barclay, from Liverpool. Before we even had a chance to ask, though, Geoff told us neither of them knew any of the Beatles. It was like he could read our minds. Oh, we laughed so hard I almost spilled my McDonald’s coffee. Anyway, Lillian was a secretary or something at a school and Geoff worked for the post office. I don’t think he delivered mail, though. It seems to me he had bad feet or something. He had a desk job. Anyway, we met on a tour of Westminster Abbey. I hadn’t heard of half the people buried there, so I wasn’t really moved by the experience, but I remember Lillian cried. I don’t remember which grave it was though. They all looked the same to me. Anyway, Lillian

had the prettiest lavender lace hankie and I so wanted to ask her how she got it. But I couldn’t. Not when she was crying. I think it was at the grave of one of the kings, maybe a Henry. No. It was one of the Elizabeths, the one Bette Davis played in that old movie. The building was really nice though. We don’t have anything like it in Kansas. Well, maybe the governor’s mansion in Leavenworth. Oh, it was his knee, Geoff’s knee. That was why he had a desk job. “Ah,” the innocent inquisitor might say, ”so, you’ve been to Europe.” Could it be that our rambling storyteller hadn’t heard from Lillian because she had bored the pudding out of the Liverpudlian as she had her inquiring friend? Had the details of her stories, like the heavy piles of magazines in the attic, crashed through the rickety floorboards of her mind and tumbled down and out her mouth, sabotaging her friendship with Lillian? Certainly, as we age, we feel we have stories and knowledge to share. And we do. But if we all attempt to edit ourselves, cut to the chase, and get to the point, we will be less irritating and more interesting to those around us. We will be better companions and the world, as a result, will be a considerably quieter and more peaceful place. You know, the quietest, most peaceful place I’ve ever been is the Washington Cascades. It’s near Granite Falls, I think. Or maybe it was Mt. Si. Anyway, you could hear the eagles overhead flap their wings and…No. It was on the North Cascades Highway facing Mt. Washington. Yes. That’s it. By the way, did you know Mt. Washington wasn’t named for our first president as people think? I was told it was named by Teddy Roosevelt for actor Denzel Washington. I wonder if Denzel has ever been to The Scone Castle. Tom Nussbaum

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rian Richardson ard dso son lik ked d was a well liked solid B student stu st uden ud ent who played on the MAD AD Hi High High gh l” team team te m School “B-Basketball” rt--t rt -tim ime, ime e, while holding a part-time, an had had d after-school job. Brian ssm mate e, fallen hard for his classmate, dn’’t ex-Diane Nichols. He couldn’t plain it. She was in his En English glish l h class and he couldn’t take ake e hiss eyes off her or stop thinking hin nking g about her. Diane was attracattrac ttracctive, wholesome, smart, friendly and nice. She also was known to be Gus Goller’s girl. Gus was first string, all-league as linebacker on the football team; big and mean with the features of a gargoyle. He had sole possession of last place in class academic standing. Gus had announced to the entire MAD High community that Diane was his property and that he would beat to


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a pu p pulp ulp lp tthe he first perhe sso on who who wh o dared daa d son to ask Di D ian ane e out. outt.. He made ou Diane ssu ure e tthe he whole h sure sschool sc cho hool o kkn knew about h hi threa hiss threat. Bri B Brian was aaware aw wa w of Gus’s attempt tto o protect w h what he d ee em to be deemed his h is pr prop property but he still wanted Diane, and he told her so. To Brian, being with Diane was worth almost any cost. A beating would only happen once and then they could be together. Diane didn’t want anyone to be hurt emotionally or physically. She didn’t like being a ‘chip’ in this battle. She feared Gus but was also sensitive to his feelings in the emotional battle for her attention. She was flattered by having these boys competing for her but she felt like the maiden in the tower during this struggle by her suitors. Most of the school was aware and sympathetic to Diane and Brian’s plight. Knowing about Gus’s oath, they tried to dissuade Brian from his pursuit. Gus had clearly stated, “She’s mine and the first guy who takes her out gets a beating. That’s the price.” With “All League honors” and Diane on his arm, Gus swaggered with confidence gloating that the wimp, Brian, wouldn’t take his beating for her. But after football practice one day the football team surrounded Gus in the locker room. The biggest team member pressed his face close to Gus and said, “Gus, you’re good on the team. You’re all league. But slavery was ended by the Emancipation Proclamation. If you touch Brian, we will all swear that you are a fag who’s come on to each guy on the team and we want you off the team.” Soon after, Brian and Diane had their first date after college followed by forty years of marriage and four children. Gus went on to USC where he was cut from the Frosh team and dropped out of school. He then was employed by the city in road maintenance, still living under the directive of his high school teammates.

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riving through the rainy streets early this morning, I watched Lakeside slowly come to life. The night-long rain followed by a small thunderstorm in the early morning brought a small land slide to the western edge of Chapala. I always marvel that we don’t have more of them this time of year. But the landowner was already cleaning it up and pulling debris back from the road. Thankfully there wasn’t much. It is interesting looking at the storefronts when they are closed. They look desolate. No cars parked helter-skelter about the area, no oncoming traffic from both lanes, no pedestrians and stray dogs running across the street. It was absolutely quiet. My only concern was not splashing water on the occasional pedestrian. As I made my way westward, more people were appearing, no doubt negotiating their way to work. I see a bakery truck being loaded and imagine the baker up at 4:00 a.m. baking the bolillos for delivery. The buses are beginning to move in and out of traffic, there’s a taxi behind me. I pull over and let him pass. I’m in no hurry, but he sure is. The traffic lights are well timed, and I was able to cross town with little delay. I arrived at my destination early, and was able to procure a parking space across the street. As I awaited the opening of the establishment, I observed the traffic increase in volume. A biker peddled past


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wearing a garbage bag as a raincoat and it fluttered behind him in the wind. Across the street, two women were waiting under an awning for their boss to open the door and let them in for work. A family of three huddled under one umbrella. The mother in front, the father carrying a newborn baby draped over his shoulder with a blanket keeping the young one warm, he carried the umbrella in his other hand. Soon the rain began to lighten, and the clouds began to recede. Glancing at the mountain, I could see the sun warmed mist crawl the incline toward oblivion. I remember watching the raindrops dancing over the lake creating designs in the water. Thinking back to our previous home in the states, I remembered similar early morning jaunts. There the city was almost never quiet. The hum of traffic passing on the interstate was a constant. There was no time for reflection or observation, just time for parsing the daily traffic. How lucky we are to live here in Mexico. The pace of life here invites time to appreciate all that we have. The rain has magnified the colors. Yet even in the dry season, Mexico explodes with other beauties to behold. I cannot remember the exact moment when my husband and I began to consider making this move. I guess it takes a certain kind of person to pick up their lives, move them to a foreign country and begin anew. Many of our friends and family thought we had lost our minds. “They’ll last six months.” Someone declared at our goodbye party. That was over nine years ago. I’m not sure where all the time has gone, for it seems like only a moment ago, we were leaving the confines of our state border, and driving across several states, and then crossing the border into Mexico. I’m not sure what inspired us to first entertain the idea of moving here. But we are so happy that we have no plans to return. Because once we arrived, we knew we were home. Victoria Schmidt

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hen the Union Pacific Railroad was finally completed on May 10, 1869, it was a cause for great celebration. In 1969 it was decided to have another huge ceremony honoring the 100th anniversary of the “Wedding of the Rails” in Utah. To that end, two trains set out— one from the easternmost point of the track and the other from the western most point. These trains were destined to meet at the original point of their meeting, but since they were filled with dignitaries, they made numerous stops along the way with celebrations at each point where they stopped. In 1969, I was attending the college in Laramie, Wyoming. It was announced that John Wayne and Glen Campbell would be on the train coming from Sacramento and that they would do a whistle stop where they would both say a few words before continuing on to Utah. Now it just so happened that this event coincided with Sigma Chi Derby Days—an annual event that consisted of a number of challenges whereby campus groups could assemble points. What the prize was I can’t remember, but I do remember that one of the contests was to gain the signature of the most famous person. And I happened to know that John Wayne himself had been a Sigma Chi. If I could somehow gain his signature, we would have it made in the shade for that particular challenge. And so on the prescribed day, we were off, fully laden, with five of us filling the seats of my little red Ford Galaxy. How we would get close enough to the train to gain the autograph, I did not know, but nothing ventured, nothing gained. There was, as may be expected, a huge crowd at the Laramie train station, and we waited in anticipation for the train. Initially, it came up, sounding its whistle, flags waving. Several men came out to a small stage that had been constructed just in front of the train. Finally, Glen Campbell came out, but no John Wayne. We were puzzled when the speeches started without him. What could have happened to John Wayne? Finally, I was hit with


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one of those instant inspirations often depicted by a light bulb going off over someone’s head in cartoon bubbles. “I bet he got off the train to fly back to California!” No one disagreed and it was my car, so off we sped to the airport, which was several miles outside of town. We drove well over the speed limit down the two-lane nearly car less road. As we approached the airport, we could see no larger planes loading, but there was one smaller private plane. We went speeding up to the airport. “I’ll go see what’s going on with that small plane,” I told my friends, springing from the door almost as soon as the car had come to a screeching halt. I went running out onto the field—not hard to do in a small airport in those years before airport security—and ran smack dab into a man who was walking toward the plane from the opposite direction. “Well, whoa, there, little lady. Where ya goin?” said the brick wall I’d just run into. “I’m trying to find John Wayne. Do you know if he might be in that plane?” I asked. “Nope, I’m pretty sure he’s not,” said the man, “because he’s standing right here!” I looked up—way up—and sure enough. There he was with his hands still on my forearms where he had caught me just before I ran into him broadside! Yes. It was a surreal experience. And it was even more surreal when I explained about the points and he said, “Well, would it give ya more points if instead of delivering my autograph if you could deliver me?” I said it sure would, and we had reached my car and my somewhat

astonished friends had piled four in the back for him to climb into the front seat with me when a harried looking man came running out from the landing field shouting, “John, John! What are you doing?” Long story short, John Wayne did not come back to campus with us. His manager managed to persuade him it was not in his best interests given that something in CA was important enough to warrant his immediate return. But, I did get his signature and no, I did not turn it in for Sigma Chi Derby Days. To this day, it resides in a square of a

memory box—one of the kind popular in the sixties and seventies that is made out of an old newspaper print box. And yes, of course John Wayne was three sheets to the wind, for in keeping with a newspaper report of the original rail-joining ceremony, “It was a very hilarious occasion; everybody had all they wanted to drink...” Judy DykstraBrown

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eroy Jackson had been missing for eight days back in September, 1993, when an anonymous tip was phoned in to the New Mexico State Police that a white van was parked along the Brazos Cliffs, near the town of Chama. When officers arrived they found the windows of the van covered with towels and blankets and the doors locked. Leroy, wrapped in a heavy wool blanket, had been dead for days. Jackson had earlier co-founded DINE CARE, a group of Navaho environmentalists devoted to combating the clear cutting of the forested Chuska Mountains and preserving traditional Native American lifestyles. From my days as a young teacher over forty years ago, I remember well the magnificent beauty of the Chuska Mountains. I remember the quiet talk of good friends late at night around a smoky campfire of cedar and pinion boughs, a lone coyote serenading the star spangled heavens, huge mule deer, lumbering black bear, pristine alpine lakes swarming with rainbow trout, the mysterious big cat whose tracks in the sandy soil revealed that he had been trailing my backpacking buddy and me on a sunny Southwestern afternoon. Knowing what I do of human greed and chicanery, I should not be surprised that there are those in any society eager to destroy their own birthright, even a place as pristine and beautiful as the Chuskas, in pursuit of the oft-repeated chimera of jobs, security and prosperity. When Jackson spoke up against plans to clear-cut the Chuskas at a meeting of the tribal legislature in Window Rock, Arizona, even accusing the legislature and the Bureau of Indian Affairs of corruption, he was greeted by hoots and catcalls and death threats. He argued that clear cutting the Chuskas would be a violation of the Endangered Species Act, given that the area was home to the threatened Mexican spotted owl. Subsequently, the BIA insisted that the ESA be suspended in the case of the Chuskas on the grounds that the owl is the harbinger of death


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in Navaho spirituality and, therefore, should be driven to extinction. Jackson was on his way from Taos, New Mexico, to Washington, D.C. to confront the Clinton administration over plans to log the old growth ponderosa pines out of the Chuskas when he disappeared. Friends and supporters insisted that the investigation into his death was botched from the beginning. They argued that officials neglected to photograph the crime scene or dust the van for fingerprints. While there were reports of blood at the scene, State Police concluded that there were no signs of foul play, even though a cursory autopsy revealed no natural cause of death. Congressman Bill Richardson (later governor and presidential candidate) wrote the FBI requesting their involvement in the investigation. The Bureau accepted the verdict of the State Police that the death was caused by a drug overdose. The case remains unresolved among Jackson’s friends and supporters. Leroy Jackson, by his life and example, brought to the forefront the schism that runs through the heart of much of Native America, particularly in his own beloved Southwest. While DINE CARE’s website informs us that clear cutting in the Chuskas has been reformed and regulated and that a vigorous reforestation program is being conducted, yet another battle now pits those who would preserve natural serenity and native cultures against those who would degrade or destroy those things for profit. Most recently, the Navaho Tribal Legislature is proposing the construction of a tramway, restaurant, river walk, resort hotel and RV park on tribal lands along the east rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The addition of an airport has been at least temporarily shelved. Those in opposition to undermining the wilderness character of the canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, include the National Park Service, the Sierra Club, and traditional Navaho people, people like Leroy Jackson. Before any action can take place, jurisdictional disputes would need to be

resolved with the adjacent Hopi people, the Park Service and the nearby community of Bodaway-Gap. Hikers, environmentalists and backpackers object to the noise and light pollution that would inevitably accompany such a facility, destroying the solitude of the area. Until the matter is resolved, even the magnificent Grand Canyon, like the ponderosas of the Chuskas, is vulnerable to forces that would turn it into an amusement park. Once, several years back, I shared a campfire in a snowy late winter woods with three Shawnee friends. I remarked that, at the time, I regretted having


ear sir: Your August editorial invites a response on many levels, In South Africa, my country of birth, where I grew up during the height of the Apartheid movement, it was the liberal leaders and the white women of the Black Sash movement who worked tirelessly and bravely to oppose the government’s anti-black, repressive regime which ultimately lead to the freedom of Mandela and a bloodless revolution. In Canada, the country that has been my home for the past 48 years, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government recently replaced, for many of us, the hated Harper Conservative government. Sadly, it appears that Trudeau, the Liberal, is now following an aggressive Harper-style foreign policy that has actively involved Canada in the current heated international affairs leading us to World War III. Noteworthy too, is that President Milosovic, on March 24, 2016, was found NOT GUILTY by the I.C.T.Y. (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia). Milosovic, while being tried for war crimes by the Hague Tribunal, died in 2006, under suspicious circumstances in a NATO prison, before the trial came to an end. He has been exonerated of his alleged crimes, but the rec-

no Native American antecedents. One friend replied, “It is not in the skin, Brother, it’s in the heart.” Despite the lure of an estimated $70,000,000 in tourist dollars pouring into tribal coffers, one wonders if a Native American who forfeits his culture and spirituality in favor of commercialism exists in a condition where his “Indian-ness” is to be found only in the skin but no longer in the heart. Lorin Swinehart

ognition of his innocence has come too late for him. Is it not time to look at Democrat President Bill Clinton’s role in the Bosnian/ Serbian war and the vilification of Milosovic? The New Testament does indeed give many examples of Christ’s thinking, a blue-print to be used by us all for moral and ethical behavior to our fellow human beings. He does, however, also exhibit revolutionary tendencies: “Think not that I come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace but a sword.” Later He contradicted his previous statement: “For all who draw the sword will die by the sword.” This has been explained as ‘those who reject God and the only way of salvation through Jesus, will find themselves perpetually at war with God.’ For those of us who like to think of ourselves as ‘liberals,’ should we not be questioning the support we give our governments who take us into unjust wars that result in the murder of millions of innocent people? Finally, Christ said: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesars, but render unto God that which is God’s.” We liberals come in many stripes, and should be mindful of our bipartisan tendency to fall prey to cognitive dissonance... Gabriella Blair

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was born, like the he h e rest of us, letting ng loose the lusty ty first cries of life . . . only nly nl I kept crying long a after fterr ft most babies calm down ow wn because I had colic. I cried ied ed so much my parents ts ts were evicted from their ir apartment. The wis-dom of the era coun-seled parents to let the baby cry and not pick her up or comfort her. She’s trying to manipulate you, the gurus insisted, and picking her up will spoil her for life. A spoiled child was a brat who got that way because parents coddled her and administered to her manipulative ploys. So my mother “just let me stew,� as she put it, and started praying. She turned to Christian Science. As Fate would have it, my firstborn—my nemesis who paid me in kind for what I had inflicted on my own parents—had colic, too. By the 1960s the thinking was that the mother was to blame for having passed on her stress to the infant, causing a digestive disorder. We were not counseled to ignore the cries of distress, but no amount of bouncing, cuddling, music, or soothing words helped. Though the blame had shifted from the babe to the mom, there was still no remedy. I grew up in a household governed by a stern father, who imposed his Old Country code of conduct on his wife and two daughters. Tears on our cheeks showed lack of emotional control akin to peeing in our pants. It wrought shame and wasn’t permissible. If you fell and skinned your knee, you were told “don’t cry.� If your mother died, you were told “keep a stiff upper lip.� If you cried for any reason, you were sent to your room in disgrace. Around five or six years ago I started hearing the phrase “so-and-so got emotional.� At first I wondered what emotion they were referring to, since emotions comprise a gamut of feelings from anger and rage to love and lust, adoration and hate, envy and admiration, and many others. I then realized that a descriptor had cropped up for polite, reserved crying—eyes watering, a visible tear or two, choking up, not being able to finish the sentence. In no way did it include sobbing or totally breaking down, also labeled loss

of composure. It o ccertainly did not iinclude snorting, ssniffling, or neediing in ng a handkerchief. Crying, C ryi ying n , eespecially in the off me men, case ca se o n had previously unacceptable, as though been u been n cce na ep tthe th he crierr was was a cry baby, a wimp, unmanly. a sissy, unma an Now, within understood d t d limits lilimits, it it had sneakily become okay, but only under this ill-fitting euphemism of “getting emotional.� A euphemism is a word or phrase concocted to obfuscate the unmentionable. Thus we have “was emotional� for “cried.� Plenty of men have lost control, however, and some paid a heavy price for it, notably Edmund Muskie in 1972, when he lost the Democratic presidential nomination presumably for crying three times in a speech defending his wife’s character. Muskie, however, rather than acknowledge his tears, literally attributed the water on his face to melting snow. People were so disgusted with his emotional outburst that it is blamed for putting an end to his political career. Women have always acknowledged crying as an entitlement within the repertoire of feminine wiles as long they don’t let their mascara run, which is bad manners, not to mention uglifying. In fact, tears on demand have forever been among feminine stratagems for showing contrition or dissolving the stony heart of a lover or getting out of paying a traffic fine. At last, men— who have dammed their tears for years in order to be seen as masculine—are letting them flow. Good men, manly men, may get emotional without putting their career on the skids. President Obama, for example, has cried on various occasions, mainly for senseless violence run amok in the country. George W. cried over 9/11. Newsman Walter Cronkite, a tear pioneer, is largely remembered for shedding a tear and choking up when he announced that JFK was dead. Anderson Cooper got emotional in New Orleans while reporting on Katrina. The public expression of grief through tears is becoming more admissible and is no longer the purview of women alone. Perhaps its increased acceptability for men is attributable in part to the increased social accep-

tance of gays and transgender males, perhaps an awareness that we all share traits of both genders. There is also the point of view that tears are a healthful release, a way of curing repressed emotion. I had a friend from the mideast who lived briefly in Ajijic. When he was experiencing a painful emotional upheaval, he excused himself from society, shut himself up at home, and cried for three days. He then would emerge a new man. Polls show there is still social

disapproval of the man who cries, but let us hope the day comes soon when there is no more shame attached to expressing grief through tears. Being emotional is about all that’s left to distinguish the human being from the robot. Margaret Van Every

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e had been gone for several days to join his family in celebration of his mother’s 88th birthday. The flight had kept him going one way or another for 14 hours without food or time between flight connections to buy a meal. In fact he had to run between airlines to catch his last leg home. By now he was too pooped to care. He brought me up to date on everything and everyone in the family as he unpacked. I just wanted to sleep. It was late. Then the topic turned to picking up some money in the morning. That woke me up. I was down to my last 20 centavos. Well, we won’t tell him about the money I stash for emergency. He knows I do this and he actually approves, but we play this game anyway. “I won’t know how much I’ll have until about noon,” said he. “But I’ll give you whatever I can.” What a guy. What a guy. “That’s good,” said I as calmly as possible. I need it. “The electric bill is due, and then the car needs....” I heard the refrigerator door open. “And you need to get some groceries too,” said he with the saddest look I’ve seen since the neighbor’s dog tried begging my sandwich. “That’s for certain,” I agreed. “Oh, by the way, I won’t be going to any restaurants for awhile.” He stood up so quickly the blood ran out of his face. His eager look reminded me of that same neighbor dog. “Are you planning to cook?” he asked. His tongue was lolling to the left side. “Ha ha ha,” I responded. “No, honey. I have to get this weight off. While you were gone, I didn’t go near a restaurant and I dropped five pounds. I’d like to keep that momentum going.” His woebegone look stayed with me for hours after he had gone to sleep. But

he got even with me. He woke up before the birds and immediately turned on the overhead light. “Sorry, but where are my car keys?” “Hm gnh....I don’t know,” said the sleep enveloped wife who wouldn’t cook. “Give me a minute. I don’t even recognize what language you’re speaking at this ungodly hour.” And so we both searched the house for car keys. No luck. I finally took the spare I always keep on my key chain for bailing him out when he locks his keys in his car. (And he thought we could get along with only one car. Hah.) He gladly accepted my spare key and left for work, muttering something about leaving his car with an employee who was supposed to return both the car and the keys to me. “I’m going to kill him,” I thought. By this time, you’ve probably guessed, I was wide awake. I did my morning rituals, made the bed by tossing the covers loosely over everything and fixed my hair so I would be absolutely irresistible. Not that he’ll notice. He’s been away. The business will consume 85 hours in the first day alone. Next I tackled the email and the online banking for the month ahead. The email is easy to get lost in. It’s addictive. Jokes. Friends inviting you to lunch. Porn solicitation. Wait.... What was that? He’s been looking at naked women again while I’m sleeping in the other room? I really will kill him this time. Oh. It was sent by a travel agent soliciting more ticket sales? Delete, delete, delete. I’m going out for coffee. Kay Davis

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ere we are again – the beginning of another season at LLT. This year there is a fundraiser Mark Twain, Uncensored opening on August 23, written by local writer Ed Tasca (who also stars.) For the first time in many years, LLT is producing a play written by one of our many talented residents, and I hope this trend will continue. The first play of the regular season will be Painting Churches, a comedy-drama by Tina Howe, directed by Peggy Lord Chilton. This play, about the relationship between an elderly couple and their artist daughter, was first produced offBroadway in 1983 and was a finalist for the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It runs from September 23 through October 2. Next up, opening on October 21, is Outside Mullingar which is an Irish comedy by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Ann Swiston. This play was nominated for a Tony award in 2014. Because it is set in rural Ireland, we can expect some beguiling humor, at least one death and a happy lyrical ending. If you like Neil Simon, you will enjoy his semi-autobiographical Chapter Two. Some theatergoers will recall the 1979 movie version, starring James Caan and Marsha Mason. This comedy is directed by Phil Shepherd and opens on December 2. Then there’s Death And the Maiden by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, directed by LB Hamilton. This is a very intense drama with politi-


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cal and psychological overtones – viewer discretion is advised. Death and the Maiden opens on January 13. The musical this year is Chicago which of course won a movie Oscar in 2002. We can look forward to hearing again “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle.” It’s directed by Barbara Clippinger and opens on February 17. The final play of the season is Second Summer, a comedy by Gary Richards which opens on March 24. Here we are in a retirement home in Florida where romance is certainly not yet dead. Paul Kloegman is returning to Ajijic to direct this gently humorous play. Although four of the plays are comedies, it will certainly be an interesting and challenging season. I’m told that the rotating stage – first created for Betrayal at the end of 2014 – will appear again at least once in Season 52. Thanks again to all involved, both backstage and onstage, for bringing us excellent theater to this small Mexican village. Michael Warren

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e have entered a new era of Mexican officialdom which needs to be respected and adhered to exactly. All government computers are being brought up to date with software that detects the slightest error or discrepancy in information. No mordida or argument will get around these. You must conform exactly as directed or you will not get your documents registered or renewed. In fact, I believe that the program stops you going any further when it hits a discrepancy. Car and driver’s license offices, health insurance (IMSS & Seguro Popular), and the airports are to be equipped with this too, so don’t think you are off the hook because you do not have any documents coming up for renewal. In fact, you will need to respect this when buying or selling a house or car, and registering a birth or death. Please read the following carefully to avoid grief in the future: Your foreign passport is taken as the norm and all other documents must conform to it exactly - name, date-of-birth, address and phone number etc. This includes utility bills and leases, if they are to be used as proof of domicilio. If you obtained your CURP card when it first came out (2003), there is a substantial chance that it contains mistakes or that the name on it does not conform with your other documentation, especially if you are a woman. In my case, I discovered that the way

they wrote my name is no longer acceptable, and that my date-of-birth, as it is incorporated in the CURP number, was wrong. Don’t panic - take it along to the INM office in Chapala with photo-copies of your passport and immigration papers and they will fix it in a couple of days. But do it at once. Every time you apply for any Mexican documentation, you will need the originals and one copy of each of the following: - Passport - Immigration document: Permenente or equivilant. - CURP card - Proof of domicillio (utility bill, letter from Chapala Municipality etc.) - Blood Group (New driver’s license and health insurance). If you want to apply for a Mexican Driver’s licence for the first time, you can only do this in Guadalajara. Renewals can be done in Tlajomulco and Ocotlan as well. Avoid applying for these in December, January and February if you can. Government offices are closed for about two weeks in December and in January and February the Transito Vialidad offices are also renewing car licenses, making them very busy. Take someone with you fluent in Spanish and that really knows the ropes. It can be very confusing and frustrating if you line up in the wrong place. Buena Suerte!

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randpa’s coin purse came from the leather maker’s shop on the corner of Engle Strasse, in our little Black Forest village. When he flipped the shovellike cover open and let the coins spill into it, an inside flap and pouch was revealed. This Spring I was with him when he bought a new coin purse, and slid something shiny from the old pouch to the new. “What’s that?” I asked. He pretended not to hear me, and started to stroll home along the path by the river. I joined him, changed the subject, and remarked that I had discovered that the Engelstrasse or Angel Street had been “Adolph Hitler Street” during the


war. Grandpa looked like a bee had stung him. He answered softly: “Sometimes one man’s Angel is another man’s Devil. It isn’t always easy to tell the Devil from an Angel or an Angel from a Devil.” Then he pulled out his coin purse, flipped open the lid, opened the inner flap, slid out the mysterious coin, and handed it to me. It was about the size of an American silver dollar. On one side was the Star of David and on the other side was a Swastika. “You see,” my Grandfather explained, as I stood stunned by the coin in my hand, “My grandfather was a Jew. He lies buried under one of those

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headstones with the Star of David on it in the First World War German Military Cemetery, at Hohrod, just across the Rhine in Alsace. He gave his life for the Fatherland. After his death my father was raised by his Christian mother and our Jewish blood was forgotten or hidden.” I stood speechless holding the coin, until I noticed the German inscription and read out loud: ”A Nazi travels to Palestine,” and flashed a puzzled questioning glance at Grandpa. “Simple but almost unbelievable”, he replied “In 1933 Hitler’s Anti-Semitism brought on a raging International Boycott of Germany, threatening the total collapse of the economy and the Nazi government, that is, until an enterprising Zionist offered to front for Germany by selling German goods in exchange for German Jews being allowed to immigrate to Palestine. His deal was called the Transfer Agreement. The World Zionist Organization took it over and invited the SS Officer, Leopold von Mindenstein, for a sixmonth visit to Zionist settlements in Palestine. The coin you hold was struck to commemorate his favorable articles about Zionism. The fact is that the World Zionist Organization succeeded in breaking the German boycott. The

Transfer Agreement went into operation. Zionists in Palestine were rescued from the Depression. Some 60,000 German Jews, including many prominent industrialists, intellectuals, and professionals, immigrated to Palestine, bringing over $100 million in cash and manufacturing equipment. These emigrants enabled the Zionists in Palestine to develop into a viable modern economic entity, while in Europe the Jews were…well you know that story.” “But Grandpa,” I stuttered, “Why have you carried this coin around for so many years”? Softly Grandpa replied: “Because Sydney denied it. You know Sid Cohen, the American. He couldn’t accept it. When your great grandfather, my father, died, I found this coin in his wallet. Even when Sid held this evidence in his hand he erupted in rage that I dared to suggest that Zionists and Nazis might be flip sides of the same coin. But when I held the coin in my hand I realized that my father had known.” “Known what”? I asked. “He had known”, Grandpa answered, “that if the Zionists, with their Transfer Agreement had not saved the Nazi’s from being crushed by the boycott then…then probably the holocaust would never have happened.” Birds chirped, bees hummed, and the river rippled as the words sank in. “And Zionism,” he continued: “is the flip side of the coin. Today it is a dream gone feral; descending through racism and a brutal occupation, toward a calculated final solution of the Palestinian question. I carried this coin all these years, to judge and convict me, if I ever failed to use every fiber of my being, to try to save Judaism from Zionism, to try to save Israel from the flip side of the coin, and lastly to honor my father, and my grandfather, who died for the folly of the Fatherland.” He laid his bony, weathered hand on mine, saying quietly:“Israel can never ever last as a racially pure state, anymore than Ayran Germany could last, or the Islamic State of today can last”. Grandpa’s voice trailed off. The distant church bells chimed the quarter hour. “I quit,” he abruptly blurted out. “The coin is yours now. I’ve tried long enough to play God and save Sidney from the blindness his tribal loyalty induces. I’ve researched, studied, and published. I’ve preached and lectured, argued and reasoned, but who gives a damn? Now Sydney and I have made a truce. We only talk about the good old days in Mexico, as we await God’s judgment and mercy. We couldn’t stanch the flow of blood. I am profoundly sorry that I have to leave that unfinished task to you.”

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rench in sweat, trembling, with my heart beating wildly, I awoke about 3am a few nights ago. It was just a nightmare, which I rarely have, and fortunately I did not really remember what had caused me to be so terrified. But on some unconscious level, I was experiencing extreme fear. Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. Fear began as an evolutionary survival tactic to avoid pain or death. It is programmed into the nervous system and works like an instinct. From the time we’re infants, we are equipped with the survival instincts necessary to respond with fear when we sense danger or feel unsafe. Fear helps protect us. It makes us alert to danger and prepares us to deal with it. Feeling afraid is very natural, and helpful, in some situations. Fear can be like

a warning, a signal that cautions us to be careful. Many people have a fear of public speaking. Whether it’s giving a report in class, speaking at an assembly, or reciting lines in the school play, speaking in front of others is one of the most common fears people have. I have never been fearful of public speaking, but I will admit to being a bit nervous the first time I signed up to read to the Ajijic Writers Group. I was, and still am, in awe of the talent in this group and,

okay, I admit I was fearful of rejection and harsh criticism. Fortunately they all were kind, and I survived my first time reading. In fact I found I quite enjoyed it and receiving their constructive criticism helped me improve and grow as a writer. Fear of failure or rejection can cause people to avoid trying something new or meeting new people. “What if they don’t like me? What if I try and fail miserably?” Most of us here in Lakeside are at a point in our lives when we have the opportunity to try new things, meet new people and expand our horizons. So what if we can’t write the next best seller or paint a museum quality piece of art? It is more important to us now to explore things we have always wanted to try than to worry about what other people will think. Many people suffer from phobias, such as fear of the dark, fear of heights or my own particular phobia, fear of “edges.” I can go up in a tall building or airplane-- no problem; just don’t put me next to the edge of a wall, drop off or any such thing. But what caused this fear in me? I asked my older sister if I had fallen out of my crib as a baby. She laughed and said, “That would explain a lot, but no, I don’t think so.” While I’m pretty sure that was a veiled insult, it

didn’t answer my question. As a teenager I had no fear whatsoever when surfing gigantic waves, sometimes wiping out and tumbling head over heels in the surf, eating a “sand sandwich.” Why was I not afraid then, when I truly was in a life threatening situation? Perhaps it was because I was fortunate enough to have parents who encouraged me to try new things and who told me I could do anything I set my mind to. I was given the freedom to explore and try new things without fear of rejection or failure. And when I did fail, I was not ridiculed, but rather was encouraged to try again. What a wonderful gift to give a child! Even the most courageous people have fears to overcome. Are you afraid of something tangible, like spiders or heights? Maybe you fear failure, change or something else that’s more difficult to pin down. No matter what it is that scares you, you can learn how to acknowledge, confront and take ownership of your fear to keep it from holding you back in life. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Kathy Koches

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The Ojo Crossword

ACROSS 1 Camel´s bump 5 Herein above 10 Kismet 14 __ Minor (Little Dipper) 15 ´love´(French) 16 Ca. University 17 Catching 19 Religious division 20 Cycles per second 21 Outside layer 23 Lay away 26 Relate 28 Bedroom furniture 31 Ancient 32 Bell tower 33 Make angry 34 Traitorous act 37 Award 39 Cain´s brother 'LV¿JXUH 42 Frown 45 Made up of dactyls 49 Promissory note 50 People from Asia 53 Boxer Muhammad 54 Negative 55 Zingy 56 Animal kingdom division 58 Wharves 60 __ Lanka 61 __ Hour 63 Fast talker 69 Lay in the sun 70 Charlemagne´s father


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71 Dick Van__Show 72 Attorney (abbr.) 73 Build evidence 74 Appear DOWN 1 Color 2 Pot 3 Western time 4 Dry 5 Drains sap 6 Arbiter 7 Luau dish 8 Drain (2 wds.) 9 Disputer 10 Unite 11 Sour 12 What a nurse gives 13 Dine 18 Copy 22 Test (2 wds.) 23 Swan 24 Larger 25 Central daylight time 26 Actual 27 Annex 29 Epoch 30 Danish krone (abbr.) 32 Adieu 35 Underdone $¿UH 38 Tricky 40 Galore 41 American Cancer Society (abbr.) 42 Transgression 43 Bird call 44 Frontier settlement 45 Digital audio tape 46 Rest 47 Sick 48 Central Intelligence Agency 51 Colorful Mexican shawl 52 Supplied 56 Not amateur 57 Rear ends 59 Murky 60 Cosecant´s opposite 61 BB association 62 Grain 64 Central processing unit 65 Twitch 66 Look 67 Stretch to make do 68 Radioactivity unit



have known Andrew Thomson from Toronto Ontario, Canada for several years, having met him as CEO of Soltoro Ltd. which was then trading on the Toronto Venture Exchange, TSXV:SOL. Soltoro’s exploration properties were located in the State of Jalisco and the company was sold to Agnico Eagle Mines in June of 2015. Andrew having made some nice money on the transaction wanted to pay back his good fortune to some of those in need and August 3rd was the day. Andrew along with Agnico Eagle, Maxit Capital, corporate advisors to Soltoro, and Weir *RUGRQ+ROPHVZLWKKDSS\UHFLSLHQW Foulds, legal counsel to Soltoro, funded the purchase of the wheelchairs. All agreed it would be more chinango where the previous explorasocially responsible to give something tion offices of Soltoro were located and back to the local communities to celwhich I had the opportunity to visit on ebrate the sale transaction. many  occasions. Minas Chaparral, AgOver 40 wheelchairs were given nico Eagle’s Mexican subsidiary now away at the Hospital Civil in Guadalajara. operating in the town worked with the Many hospital administrators and staff local mayor to identify those in need and were on hand for the  presentations as organize the event. well as the recipients in the hospital’s auI know Andrew was particularly ditorium. It still takes a lot of players to proud to have his family with him to pull off an event like this. Also on hand share this wonderful event and to see was Manual Padilla, head Geologist for the smiles and tears in the eyes of the Agnico Eagle Mines in Mexico and Steve recipients. The Rotary Club will be handPriesmeyer formerly with Soltoro and ing out another 60 wheelchairs to local now Vice President of Exploration of Anpueblos over the next three weeks to drew Thomson’s new mining company, those with greatest needs in the poorest Palamina Corp.  trading on the Toronto communities around Guadalajara. Venture Exchange, TSXV:PA. Facilitating the purchase of the wheelchairs and with us was Gordon Holmes, founder http://, The Gold Report and many others. Gordon has also donated over 20,000 wheelchairs in over 10 countries around the world through his own foundation Lookout Ridge. Lookout Ridge organized purchase of the wheelchairs and worked with the local Rotary Club to set up the event. Assisting with the transportation and importation of the wheelchairs from the United States to Mexico was the Rotary Club in Guadalajara. On August 4th another 22 wheelchairs were given out in the City of Gua-

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Over 60 years of “People Helping People”


Lൺ඄ൾ Cඁൺඉൺඅൺ Sඈർංൾඍඒ


September 2016

From the President I have been asked, “Why I should contribute to the LCS annual fund drive when I have already paid my 2016 membership fees?” Membership dues comprise just 38% of annual LCS revenue. Other revenue streams include LCS programs 23%, donations 20% and fund-raising 15%. The remaining 4% comes from investment income and advertisements in the membership directory. Like most non-profits, fund-raising and donations is a significant portion of our budget. Fund-raising and donations basically fund our outreach programs to the Mexican community. These programs include: the Children’s Art program, English as a Second Language, the Biblioteca de Ajijic and the Student Aid program. More than 430 people each year benefit from these programs and demand for these programs greatly exceeds our ability to fund them. The goal of the LCS Board is to slowly expand these programs in the coming years. The LCS Board is looking for new revenue streams to support our mission. This year we are bringing the publication of the Membership Directory in-house. This move will increase revenue by capturing 100% of advertisement fees and will facilitate its distribution in November in time for the return of the snowbirds. On September 16th we will open the ¡QUÉ GANGA! Thrift Shop just west of town next to the El Ancla restaurant. Stocked by donations from LCS members and friends and staffed by volunteers, this venue should generate significant revenue in the future In the long run it is our hope these, and other future revenue streams, will reduce our reliance on fund-raising. However, in the interim we still need your help and financial support to maintain our popular outreach programs. If you have a question for the President, please e-mail it to and I will answer it in future newsletters. -- Ben White

LCS Mourns Recently three exceptional volunteers have been missed: Hans Boentgen, Keith Martin and Nanette Phillips. Each one with their unique talent and selfless contribution. We send our condolences to their families.


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¡QUÉ GANGA! - ¡What a Deal! The name is what makes us unique. Hours: Thursday -Tuesday from 10 AM - 3 PM. Walk out with a smile and a bargain! Accepting donations now. Drop them off at the store or LCS. We can make arrangements for pick-ups.

People Helping People - That’s what LCS does! Sign-ups for our free English classes (ESL) peaked at 350 last month! Cardenales Zapopan American style football are holding a thank you event at LCS to thank us for our support. Everyone invited - September 4 - starts two ish. Ajijic’s Fiesta Patrias committee is holding a fund-raiser on our grounds September 2. See the ad on the back page.

Don’t Get Left Out Of “The Best Lakeside Guide and Annual Directory” of Residents, Activities and Services, this year with great discounts for LCS members! Not a member? JOIN the Lake Chapala Society today and be part of the 2017 Directory - still the most accurate directory Lakeside.

Warren Hardy Spanish Classes The next term of Spanish language classes for LCS members will begin on Monday, September 5 and continue through October 26. Classes meet two days a week for an hour and a half each session at the Wilkes Education Center (Biblioteca) in Ajijic using the multi=level Warren Hardy Spanish language course designed for the adult student. Registration for upcoming classes is underway at the LCS office or on line. The Program Manager will be available to answer your questions and take registrations every day from Monday August 29 through Friday September 2 from 10:30 to 1:30 at the LCS campus on the Blue Umbrella Patio. Tuition for the course is $750 pesos. The required textbook is an additional $670 pesos. Other instructional materials are available for purchase. For more information about the Spanish classes or LCS membership, visit our website.

Introduction to Spanish Classes Introduction to Spanish language classes for LCS members will be available this fall. This casual class for the beginner covers the Spanish alphabet, simple vocabulary, and phrases to use about town and other useful information about our area and Mexican culture. Classes are held each month starting the first Tuesday of the month and continue for three weeks. September classes start on Tuesday, September 6, and will be held at the LCS campus from 12:00 until 1:30 PM. Learning materials are provided, and the tuition for the classes is $175 . Sign up at the LCS office during regular office hours, Monday through Saturday, or for fast and easy registration, use the LCS website.

September Bus Trips Wednesday, September 7 Centro/Downtown Guadalajara Self-guided walking tour. Visit and admire 18th and 19th century architecture and their stunning murals and artwork and lavish details. People watch on the beautiful plazas, enjoy luncheon on the Plaza de los Laureles or elegant dining at the Hotel Mendoza. A detailed map will be provided. Only 19 spaces will be available. Thursday, September 22, Galerias Mall/Costco Shop major retailers like Best Buy and Sears and restaurants including Cheesecake Factory, PF Chang and more. Shop nearby Costco, Sam’s and Super Walmart. Theater and casino. Cost for either trip is $300 pesos members, $350 pesos nonmembers. Bus leaves promptly from the sculpture in La Floresta at 9:30 a.m. Reservations must be made the Saturday prior to the excursion.

Library News If you have trouble reading small print, check out our LARGE PRINT BOOKS. We have a good selection in Room Two. You may want to also visit our selection of audio books from the Talking Books Library near the Sala. Audio books on tape and Library of Congress tapes made available to US citizens by special arrangement with Congress, are available Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

We Still Need You...Really ¡Que Ganga! sales clerks needed!! ESL needs instructors. Gardeners to trim, plant, weed and maintain our lovely gardens. We need volunteers to set up and serve at our very popular once a month Seniors’ High Tea. We also need someone to shop for supplies, prepare the sandwiches, etc. Talking Books Program is looking for a volunteer to work Thursdays from 10- 12 p.m. If you are interested in participating in this essential component of the LCS library system, contact Alice MacNamara at 766-4882 or email her at acmacna@ The Special Events Coordinator is looking for outgoing people that have a bit of flair to greet guests, collect tickets and help with decorations. Email or fill out a form at the service desk.

Children’s Art Volunteer Recognized On Friday, August 26, LCS member, volunteer and Neill James Legacy artist Javier Zaragoza was awarded the Distinguished Senior Award by Chapala Mayor Javier Degollado. An Ajijic native, Javier Zaragoza was born in 1944. As a seven year old, he created his first paintings and drawings when he spent time at Neill James’ public library. At 13, with Neill James’ help, he began his artistic studies at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende in Guanajato. At 16, Javier was commissioned by the parish in Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos to paint six murals each measuring 3x5 meters. At 18, he went to California to continue his studies at the Los Angeles Trade and Technology College and at the Pasadena Art Center. His first professional job was with Gannett Outdoor Company specializing in commercial advertising. Later, he worked for Warner Brothers painting backdrops for movies and billboards. Javier returned to Ajijic in 1999 and opened up Galeria Zaragoza (on Constitución #50) where he works and exhibits his art today. The two Galerias Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta also exhibit his work. During the high season, he also teaches painting at his studio. In 2010 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mexican Independence and the 100th anniversary of the Revolution, Javier was commissioned by the Municipality of Chapala to depict Lakeside’s history in the form of a huge mural. You see it when you take the carretera to Chapala. He was also commissioned by Ixtlahuacan to paint historical murals on the upper walls of their City Hall. Javier continues to thrive as an artist. He volunteers every Saturday morning with the LCS Children’s Art Program. It’s his way of giving back what he received so many years ago. As Javier says, “If the Children’s Art Program helps one person become an artist, it is worthwhile”. Congratulations to Javier on this significant recognition of his contributions to the Lakeside community.

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Activities *Open to the public ** US citizens (C) member card required HEALTH INSURANCE * IMSS & Immigration Services M+T 10-1 Lakeside Insurance T+TH 11-2 HEALTH & LEGAL SERVICES * Becerra & Galindo Services TH 10:30-12:30 Blood Pressure F 10-12 Drug & Herb Consultation 4th M 10-12 Hearing Aid Services M & 2nd+ 4th Sat 11-4 Sign-up Ministerio Publico W 14th+28 th10-2 My Guardian Angel M + TH 10-1 Optometrist Claravision TH 9-4 Sign-up Skin Cancer Screening 2nd +4th W 10-12:30 Sign-up US Consulate W 7th, 10:30-12:30 Sign up /(66216 &

Children’s Art Sat 10-12 Exercise M+W+F 9-10 Fitness thru Yoga M+F 2-3:30 Intermediate Hatha Yoga T+Th 2-3:30 Line Dancing T+Th 10-11:15 Stretch & Balance Exercise T+Th 8:45-9:45 /,%5$5,(6 &

Audio Library Th 10-12 Book & Video M-Sat 10-2 US Library of Congress Books**/ Talking Books TH 10-12 Neill James Biblioteca Publica (WEC) M-F 9:30-7, Sat 9:30-1* 62&,$/$&7,9,7,(6 &

All Things Tech Bridge 4 Fun Conversaciones en Espanol Discussion Group

F 9:30-11:30 T +TH 1-5 M 10-12 W 12-1:30 Everyday Mindfulness M 10:15-11:45 )LOP$¿FLRQDGRV 7+ Needle Pushers T 10-12 Open Gaming M 1-4 Open to public 2-4* Scrabble F 11:30-1:30 Spanish/English Conversation Sat 11-12 TED Talks Learning Seminars T 12-1:15 Tournament Scrabble T 12-2 SERVICE & SUPPORT GROUPS * Caregiver Support Group 2nd+4th W 10:30-12:30 Have Hammer Workshop Demo 1st & 3rd M 10-12 Information Desk M-Sat 10-2 Lakeside AA M +TH 4:30-5:30 Open Circle Sun 10-11:30 Toastmasters M 7-8:30 7,&.(76$/(60)

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Video Library News September We have been very fortunate lately and have had many helpful members acting as couriers to keep us “in business” by bringing movies back with them. But, now we need help. We order the movies on line, pre pay them and have them shipped to an address convenient for the courier. All the courier has to do is find space for them in their luggage. They don’t take up much room. If you are going north and returning soon or if you have someone coming to visit, can you help? Contact: SHERLOCK HOLMES Yeah, another one. #7363 Robert Downey Jr. this time, as usual, trying to bring down his fiercest adversary, Professor Moriarty. “A Game of Shadows” QUARTET #7362 The first QUARTET disappeared, so, here it is again. A great movie with Maggie Smith. She does something that she has never done in a movie before. See the movie and guess what it is! LANTANA #7369 Set in Australia, a colorful pallet of characters paints a vivid coherent, psychological portrait of infidelity, deceit and estrangement. Not my words, one of the viewers who wrote in. THE CRUCIBLE #7371 Daniel Day-Lewis and Winona Ryder in a 1692 Salem witch hunt. The Crucible completely blows me away with its virtually flawless cinematic achievements. Again, not my words. A TASTE OF ROMANCE #7361 A family film nicely done by Hallmark. A widowed, former fireman, with some of his firemen friends, opens a diner next door to a wannabe fancy French restaurant. EVIL UNDER THE SUN #7370 An Agatha Christie mystery turned into a fun movie to watch with Peter Ustinov giving his usual sterling performance. A FISH CALLED WANDA #7368 A movie worth watching for the 3rd or 4th time. We had it on tape and now we have it on a DVD. John Cleese, Kevin Kline and Jamie Lee Curtis supplying the laughs. Kevin Kline won an Oscar for his part.

Up Up and Away! Globos Return Look to the skies on Saturday, September, 10, when kids from the LCS Children’s Art Program, with the help of the Ajijic Society of the Arts, will participate in the Globos Event as part of the annual Mexican Independence Day celebrations. The children worked with maestro Lalo to design and prepare these wonderful flying spheres. The colorful, handmade globos will be launched in the football field next to Bougainvilias Plaza. Perfect family fun. Come out and cheer the kids starting at 2:30 p.m.


Thursday Film Aficionados LCS members only. Bring your card. Films shown in the Sala from 2-4 p.m. No food. No pets. All showings subject to change. September 1 Zero Days 2016 USA A fascinating documentary on Stuxnet, a piece of self-replicating computer malware that the US and Israel unleashed to destroy a key part of an Iranian nuclear facility which ultimately spreads beyond its intended target. 112 minutes. September 8 Brothers of the Wind 2016 Austria A young boy tries to save the life of an eagle that has been thrown from its nest. Spectacular scenery filmed in the Austrian Alps. 93 minutes September 15 Marguerite 2016 France Paris in the 1920s, Marguertie is a wealthy woman and a lover of music. She loves to sing for her friends, but she is not a very good singer. The problem begins when she decides to train and give a performance in public. 124 minutes. September 22 H-8 1958 Yugoslavia A bus and a truck are moving towards each on a rain swept highway. We learn at the start that a reckless driver will cause them to collide. This amazing film is one of the most creative movies ever made. Much imitated, but never equaled. 99 minutes. September 29 Urok (The Lesson) 2015 Bulgaria/Greece In a small Bulgarian town a young teacher is looking for a petty thief in her class, so she can teach him a lesson about right and wrong. Winner of several �Bests� in European film festivals.

LCS Annual Directory If you are an LCS member with a business providing goods or services at Lakeside and are looking for an effective advertising venue, the LCS Annual Directory, the most influential Lakeside directory, will be coming out in November. Place your ads now. More important, talk to your favorite merchants and encourage them to place an ad in the directory. LCS has a special incentive: participating merchants can reduce the cost of an ad by offering LCS members a special discount! E-mail directorio@ for more details.

THE LAKE CHAPALA SOCIETY, A.C. 16 de Septiembre #16-A, Ajijic, Jalisco LCS Main Office: (376) 766-1140 Office, information and other services - Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Grounds open until 5:00 p.m. LCS BOARD OF DIRECTORS. President - Ben White (2018); Vice-President - Cate Howell (2017); Treasurer - Michael Searles (2017); Secretary - Carole Wolff (2018); Directors: Matthew Butler (2018); Dee Dee Camhi (2017); Lois Cugini (2017); Barbara Hildt (2017); Geoffrey Kaye (2018) Yoli Martinez (2017); Monica Powers (2018); George Radford (2018) Immediate Past President: Howard Feldstein. * Executive Director - Terry Vidal

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Lift one foot, gain traction, shift my weight forward. Swing the opposite leg up, parallel position, repeat the motion. A few minutes of this upward trajectory and my heart pounds like a hammer. My breathing comes heavy, exhales in loud puffs, my pulse a backup bongo beat. I can feel the beloved burning in my rear muscles, a reminder of results to come. I continue to the first elevated lookout point, pause briefly. The panoramic view from the hillside is radiantly rewarding. Buttery sunshine fingers light verdant slopes, Dashes of fuchsia flowers vibrant as a painter’s dream. Forty five minutes, four times a week, a heavenly exercise. The first stab of knee pain strikes on descent at the steepest point. If I step oddly, my feet out sideways like penguin flaps, and I sway With each cautious step down the slope, the pain stops. “Walk through the pain” my non-physician husband tells me. Soon, I can no longer step, as the pain flashes its warning signal. The MRI results sit ominously in the doctor’s pasty hands, his lips a straight line. “You must stop the hiking. The downhill is bad for your knees. Walk on flat surfaces and you will be fine.” I still walk, on flat black straight surfaces. No surprises, less effort. I miss the mountain.


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FOR SALE: Ford Taurus 3.0L, Texas Plated, nice condition, only 100k miles. The registration in Texas runs out in November. Only $2600 USD. Call: 331-081-6391 mobile +1-323-250-0513 USA number. FOR SALE: 2008 Nissan Altima SL 2.5 45,063 miles. $165000. Black/black interior/excellent condition. Email: :$17(' ISO Car, Jeep or Suv Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still looking for a safe reliable vehicle to get my family around, if anyone knows or has one that they are looking to sell please let me know. Not looking to spend over $50,000mxn. Emai: shaibuchler@gmail. com. :$17(' Suzuki SX-4 Good condition, on the lower end of miles. Prefer white but will consider other colors. Tom 333-4996230. FREE: 2LO ÂżOWHU IRU  IRUG H[SORUHU Email: FOR SALE: Selling Volkswagen Beetle 2001. Great shape. Special equipment with Surfboard on the top you can have a look at it at FRATS (Carr. a San Nicolas 38) Contact: Ferdinand Reyes, 331-893-4063. Price $50.000 MXN. FOR SALE: 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited in excellent condition, Price: $70,000 M. OFFERS. Please call or Email For more details call Mike 331-431-7368. Email: FOR SALE: Honda CR-V EXL NAVI 2013, one owner, 62,000 kms, Honda maintenance services, top of the line, sunroof, GPS/DVD, reverse camera, 4 cylinders 2.4L 4WD, new tires. Call for details 331-2692696. FOR SALE: Ford Windstar Van. This is a very good van with Jalisco plates. I am asking for $40,000 and I have all of the legal papers. Email: FOR SALE: Honda Civic 2001 - Jalisco Plated - White, 4-door, manual shift, 4 new tires, 2 spares, new battery, 147,000 km. 86'RUEHVWRá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU&DUUXQVÂżQHEXW the insurance has expired, so you have to come east to Vista Del Lago area to see and test drive it. Call: 376-763-5664 and leave a message if no answer. FOR SALE: 1997 Ford Explorer Sport SUV 2dr auto Used daily. Good for long and short trips. Taxed with Jalisco plates. Located in Zapopan. No rust. Only negatives are sun bleached paintwork and spedo needs to EH Âż[HG 3ULFH 0H[ (PDLO Call: 331-827-9727. FOR SALE: Rear Storage Cover for 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee-$1500 pesos. Email: :$17(' I want to buy asap a used small -to-medium size SUV, years 20072011 approx. Examples: Honda CR-V, 7R\RWD 5DY 1LVVDQ 3DWKÂżQGHU 1LVVDQ Frontier, Nissan X-Trail (not with CVT trans), Suburu Forester, Ford Explorer, Ford Escape. Also consider Honda Element, Honda Fit. Honda Odyssey. Prefer Mexican-plated. Please call Lewis at 766-1266 in Ajijic, or email to


FOR SALE: Two USB keyboards Pesos 150 each. In great condition. Email: :$17(' Does anyone know of a recording studio and tech for hire anywhere in the Lakeside communities? I want to record


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FOR SALE: Nearly New Dog Seat Cover for Cars/SUVS. Brand new is about US$50 plus shipping $20 to MX. Asking $800 pesos (about US$43). Please email with any questions. FOR SALE: Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Science Diet Hairball Control Light formula cat food costs $1300p at the Animal Shelter, expires 12/2016. My Kitty canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat it anymore and it is his favorite. Unopened bag. 15.5 lb bag. Call: 1062103. :$17('The Ranch is needing airline approved crates to ship dogs to new homes. We need medium and large size crates. If you have one to donate or sell, please call 766-4738. :$17(' If you know of a kitten looking for a home let me know....female, spayed, litter trained, not looking for a rescue kitty. Email: FREE: Rockie needs a new home. Master moving to live with family in US, no dogs allowed. He is a medium sized adult? boxer? MSD, good pet, great protector. House and leash trained. Does well with other dogs, not so well with cats. Please help us, you can make him a happy dog again. Call anytime, 387-761-0928. :$17('Looking for a parrot, preferably young, hand tamed and raised at homeFRXOG EH $IULFDQ *UH\ DQG GHÂżQLWHO\ RQH that can/would talk. Email: donnalainson@


FOR SALE: This really is a deterrent and a safety device. Plugs in to recharge batteries and has a holster to attach to belt. Price is $450 and it is legal to own in Jalisco. &DUORV 'DYLG 0HGHOHV 6HUQD 2Âżcina Fracc. Chapala Haciendas A.C. Calle Cardenal # 8. Tel: 376-765-4045. FOR SALE: I have a Wagner Smart Roller only box opened, but not used. Includes extra roll (9â&#x20AC;?). I can deliver to your place around Chapala. Price: US$49.95. Call or Whatsapp 333-1001-555. FOR SALE: Amazon Fire TV Box and Voice Remote for sale. This is a 4K Ultra HD and Alexa voice remote. Amazon price: $99.99. Selling for $65.00 USD or Pesos equivalent. Call Lester at 331-039-5150 or

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email: FOR SALE: Upright quartz heater Never used heater. Price: $500 pesos. Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: Have ladies size XL workout wear from Adios, Jockey and Balance. Have 2 jockey tops plus a steel blue 2 piece set. Contact Donna at 766-4636 if interested. FOR SALE: For sale AirSoft5000 alternating pressure therapeutic mattress. Excellent condition, twin size, supports up to 120 kg used only 2 weeks. $2000 $2800. Email: FOR SALE: Rival food slicer. Price: $400 pesos. Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: 2015 Italika 175cc scootHU2á&#x201A;&#x2021;URDGSDFNDJHJUHHQEODFNNPV Price: $13000mxp. Call: 333-199-7453. FOR SALE: Standing Golf Bag, black fairly light in weight. Price: $800 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Bell + Howell Ultrasonic Pest Repeller As new condition. Smaller ones are just the repeller US$6 ($120 Pesos) each for the large ones and US$ ($100 Pesos) each for the smaller ones. Email: FOR SALE: Fitness equipment. Used, heavy-duty exercise equipment Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just inherited, combo leg press & hack squat, combo lat pull down & low row, combo leg extension & leg curl Olympic bench press & O bar, O incline bench & O bar preacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bench, T-bar row, Adjustable bench, various KDQGOHV EDUV  2 SODWHV 2XWÂżWV DQ HQWLUH J\P RU EX\ LQGLYLGXDO SLHFHV  EHVW Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU takes some or all URQ#VXSHUVHQLRUÂżWQHVV. Cell: 333-458-1980. FOR SALE: Quick Blinds installed in minutes originally paid $4,500p each. Cost $4,800p today for one. Sale Price: $2,500pesos each. 9ft. Wide by 6ft.-10â&#x20AC;? HIGH. Call: 376-765-7123. FOR SALE: Total Gym. Exercise in your own home. As seen on TV and the Internet. 86  :LOO ORRN DW DOO Rá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUV &DOO 766-6067. FOR SALE: 48 Volt Golf Cart For Sale - 1998 Club Car - great condition - batteries 2 years old - 1500 USD or Peso Equivalent. Email: FOR SALE: 2 outdoor chaise lounges. Like new, Price: $1500 a piece. Call: 331125-8877. FOR SALE: Canon EF24-105mm F4L IS USM. Used, very good condition. Lens hood, caps, Canon soft bag. Price: $500US obo. Email: FOR SALE: One opening in my Shaw account to share service. Approximately $25 USD per month. You must supply your own receiver and dish/LNBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. LNBâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s must be compatible with the ones on my service. If interested respond by email: FOR SALE: Equipale Set Includes 4 chairs and 1 table all for $2000p call Wilma at 766-4480. :$17(' Seeking another person to share a standard IShop mailbox. Currently, the cost for the 1/4 share is $99.00 USD per year, and gives you a U.S. mailing address. Please contact Dick at 766-3625 for details. :$17(' I am looking for a used patio umbrella, 8 foot or better. Also, does anyone know where the vendors get their umbrellas? Email: FOR SALE: Chocolate Leather Reclin-

er. Excellent condition. Call: 331-248-2164 FOR SALE: 2 Patio Chairs with Ottomans custom made from reclaimed wood in Tonala. Chairs and ottomans include custom made cushions made with Sunbrella fabric. Moving, must sell. $10,000 pesos for the pair. Call: 376-766-1148. FOR SALE: Golden Technologies Power Lift Recliner. Brown fabric, lighted controls, battery backup works even in a power failure. Large size hold up to 350 pounds. Made in the USA. Approximately 6 months old. $18,000 pesos. USD ok too. Email: FREE: Hundreds of books, most in English. They are about 200 or more books in total. I am completely for donating them, no charge, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so many that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d need you to come pick them up in Guadalajara (Near Plaza del Sol) Or if you know of somewhere I could take them in Guadalajara as well, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d appreciate the info. Email: FOR SALE: Exercise machine. Elliptical, stair step type excesise machine. Nearly new. Price: $1200 pesos. Call: 376-7635536 or FOR SALE: Canon Selphy DS180 small photo printer (4x6 prints) have installation CD and instructions- Box of plenty of photo SDSHU ([WUD WZLQSDFN FRORU UHÂżOO VHDOHG  All cables. Has multiple settings to trim. Device is about 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;x8â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I printed about 5 photos with this. Price: $500pesos OBO. Call: 333196-5466. )2506$/( Sell 14â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tandem axle trailer. Email: :$17(' The Gillette Atra razor was discontinued several years ago and I have several yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; worth of blades. The handle IRU WKH UD]RU EURNH DQG , FDQQRW ÂżQG RQH anywhere. Does anyone have one sitting around? Email: FOR SALE: Extendable dog leash 16â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. For small, medium but made to handle pulling or strong/large dogs. Was $40 for purchase and shipping. Asking US $25 or $450p OBO. Contact me if interested: Email: or Cell: 333196-5466. FOR SALE: Lasko tower fan, QUIET, remote, many settings. Bought for US$100 several months ago. Can sell for US$73 or equivalent of $1400. Please email me if interested at or call my cell at 333-196-5466 (or text same number as my voicemail is unreliable), or PM me here but that is also not terribly reliable. FOR SALE: Shaw 630 HDPVR. Clear and ready to activate. Comes with an HDMI cable and I can get RCA jacks, as well. Asking $5,000 Pesos. There is a little â&#x20AC;&#x153;wiggleâ&#x20AC;? room on the price, but I am selling it for someone and will need to check. Call MX Cell Phone 331-423-2993. FOR SALE: Two wrought iron stools with suede cushioned seats in excellent condition. $500 pesos for both. One stool with rattan woven seat $100 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Electric Wheelchair. Email: FOR SALE: Hamilton Beach Electric Deep Fryer. 20V-1500W. In perfect working order. I no longer need it. Price: $800 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Babolat tennis racket, used for 20 minutes (injury cut play short) with Babolat zippered protective cover. NS Drive OS. 3:43/8. Email: if

interested. Asking US$60 or equivalent in pesos, OBO. Grip is black, racket is mostly black white and blue trim. Babolat zipper case is all black. FOR SALE: Apple Iphone 6S Plus, space gray colour, 16GB - $13,000 pesos. Less than one year old. Email: brianway1@ FOR SALE: Heavy duty Sunpak 7500TM tripod, rarely used. Price: $800 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lazy boy recliner, brown, almost new. Price: $4,000 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Nikon Camera F.E. Nikon series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 50 mm lens. Nikon series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Eâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Zoom 75 - 150 mm lens. Nikon L37 52 mm lens. 1LNRQ %   VSHHGOLJKW Ă&#x20AC;DVK 1LNRQ 0' 12. VIVITAR tele converter. Various Filters. Large camera Bag for all items. Email: FREE: Spa Supplies. The control unit on P\LQĂ&#x20AC;DWDEOHVSDTXLWZRUNLQJGD\VSDVW the one year warranty. I will not replace it. I have lots of chlorine, test strips, ph adjuster DQGVPDOOÂżOWHUVWRJLYHDZD\3OHDVH30PH for pick up. I live in lower La Floresta. Email: FOR SALE: VW Beetle car cover. I have a customized VW Beetle 2010 car cover in mint condition. Silver, felt lined, with buckles and straps. $500 pesos or BO. Email: FOR SALE: Brinkman electric smoker.

$500 pesos. Email: garmemorial@hotmail. com. FOR SALE:IW:HUQHUÂżEHUJODVVVWHS ladder. Price: $1500 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Whirlpool 3.5 cu ft. freezer. Price: $2000 pesos. Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: 20 gallon water pressure tank with pump. Bought last week, used I day, change of mind over forced decision, has one year guarantee. Cost was $7500 pesos, would sell for $5000 pesos. Can send photos. In Raquet Club. Call (387) 761-0002. FOR SALE: FOUR HAND CARVED HORSES. Each approximately 12â&#x20AC;? long by 9 ´KLJKDQGHDFKDGLá&#x201A;&#x2021;HUHQWSRVH&DUYHG from Parota wood or Rosewood from Michoacan. $595 pesos each or $2195 for all four. Email: FOR SALE: Display cabinet. 24â&#x20AC;? wide, 17â&#x20AC;? deep, 42â&#x20AC;? high. Display opening: 18â&#x20AC;? wide, 23â&#x20AC;? high. 2 lower drawers. Price: $595 SHVRV5HFHQWO\UHÂż FOR SALE: Family size pancake grill. Listed at Walmart $649. Price: $150. Call: 331-125-8877. FOR SALE: Brookstone Big Blue Live Wireless Speaker. Rarely used, like new, paid $79 USD plus tax, asking $450 pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Nikon Camera D-3200 kit, with 18-55 and 55-200 lenses, camera bag,

memory card, CD, etc. Used once or twice. Price: $500 USD or its equivalent in pesos. Email: FOR SALE: Fold out table & clamped outrigger with harness for small breed dogs. 3ULFH3(PDLOKHLQ]VWDSá&#x201A;&#x2021;#KRWPDLO com. :$17(' Looking for a gas kiln for potWHU\(PDLOGLDQHKVFKDHá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU#JPDLOFRP FOR SALE: Veggie / rice steamer, like new. Kenmore steamer, steams multi-layers of veggies and has a bowl for steaming your rice at the same time. Contact: or call 387- 761-0259. FOR SALE: Professional stainless steel meat grinder almost new. Price: $700 usa ÂżUP&DOO FOR SALE:3DSHU0DFKH*LUDá&#x201A;&#x2021;HV%RWK for $1000p. 1 is 4 feet and 1 is 3 feet tall, they hang on the wall. Email: julieywayne@ FOR SALE: Dual LNB 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-2â&#x20AC;? Dish & Shaw Satellite receiver. Price: $6,500 pesos. Call: 376-765-7123 or 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: household furnishings & appliances. Couches, beds, cupboards, cabinets, book shelves, desks, amoirs, mirrors, bureaus, chest of draws, patio furniture, electronics, tvs , dvd players, dvd recorder appliances, fridge, dish-washer, washer & dryer, microwave, toaster oven etc. art, paintings, wall masks, statutes, fans, heaters, room dividers, planters, cars. Call: 376-765-7123 or 331-252-1613.

FOR SALE: Shaw Satellite Receivers, DSR 505 HD, DSR 315, Satellite Dish and Shaw LNB, Only US $200. Call: 387-7610642. Email: FOR SALE: Black Cleveland Golf Bag with hood. No foot stand. Weight est. 10lbs. Asking $1,000 pesos. Proceeds going to assist a Mexican family. Contact: Linda 333-843-5903. FOR SALE: Large Tan Asian Carpet 10â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-6â&#x20AC;? x 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;-5â&#x20AC;? Comfortable to walk on. May need cleaning. Sale price: $1,500pesos. Can & do cost up to $20,000p in GuadalaMDUD)LUVWFRPHÂżUVWVHUYHG&DOO 7123 or 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: Plastic water proof beach Chairs & Table. 2 x Water proof Beach or sundeck Chairs. 1 x water proof table. Price: $2,500p. 376-765-7123 or 331-252-1613. FOR SALE: I have Ink cartridges Number 34 (Black) and 35 (Color) Combo pack for the Lexmark Printer. In the original box, unopened. E-Mail: captnaselli@netzero or &DOOZLWK\RXURá&#x201A;&#x2021;HU FOR SALE: Hospital bed. Head of the bed raises and lowers, knees can be raised, and the height of the mattress raises and lowers. All powered from your 110 V system. Side rails raise and lower. This bed is sold without a mattress. $6000 pesos. Call: 376-765-3213 home phone. We are near Chapala on the Ajijic side.

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El Ojo del Lago - September 2016  

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El Ojo del Lago - September 2016  

Ajijic and Chapala magazine devoted to news, interviews, history, culture and art.


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